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BALODIS, EDUARDS

Eduards Balodis
  • October 18, 1895 - Born, in Cesis
  • Completed trade school in Cesis
  • Graduated from Military College in Russia
  • Served with the Latvian Strelnieki in WWI and was captured by the Germans.
  • After being released from POW camp by the Germans, he joined the Latvian military and fought against the Bolsheviks. Rank: 1st Lt.
  • After the war he transferred to the Aviation Regiment.
  • Nov.11, 1923 - Commander of the Reserve Squadron.
  • Served as a lecturer in the Aviation school.
  • 1926: Section Leader at Aviation School (rank: Captain)
  • 1933 - 1936 - Commander (non-flying) of the 7th Long-Range Reconaissance Squadron based at Krustpils.
  • May 26, 1933 - Balodis begins advanced officer training, starting with Battallion Officer courses.
  • March 13-14, 1935 - participates in the publicity flights around Latgale.
  • March 1, 1936 - leaves his command at the 7th Squadron to complete flight school.
  • Completes his flight training, graduates as a pilot.
  • 1936 - assigned to Riga, promoted to rank of Lt.Col., and named Commander of the Reconaissance Division.
  • June 22 - July 6, 1936 - Participates in the goodwill flight around Europe, led by Col. Indans. He flies, as a passenger, in Fairey Seal # 29, piloted by Karlis Ercums.
  • Frequently sent on international assignments to familiarize himself with aviation developments abroad.
  • 1940 - Commander of the Aviation Regiment's Reconnaissance Section.
  • During the Soviet Occupation he was released from military service but continued as president of the Aero Club.
  • During the German Occupation he served with the Railroad Security Authority.
  • After the war he emigrated to the USA.
  • June 12, 1965 - Dies, in Detroit, Michigan (USA). Buried in the Woodlawn Cemetary, Detroit.

Sources

- Antena, Ilze (ed) Lacplesa Kara Ordena Kavalieri pg. 56
- Briedis, Emils Latviesa Stasts pg.82, 107
- Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
- Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts 1965, No. 5, pg. 70
- Humberstone, R. (ed) Latvian Air Force 1918 - 1940 pg.16
- Irbitis, K. Of Struggle and Flight
- Sparnota Latvija, No.32 (Feb 1937) pg.51, 53
- Sparnota Latvija, No.41 (Nov 1937) pg.307
- Sparnota Latvija, No.53 (Nov 1938) pg.688
- Sparnota Latvija, No.55 (Jan 1939) pg.23
- Sparnota Latvija, No.71/72 (May 1940) pg.169

- With research material contributions from M.Bukhman and E.Bruvelis.

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