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BLAUS, KARLIS INDRIKIS


Blaus
  • March 23, 1901 - Born, in Ventspils
  • His family were refugees in Russia during the First World War, where his father was shot in Pleskava. He was shot by Bolsheviks, and as a result Blaus was passionately opposed to communism for the rest of his life.
  • Volunteered for the Latvian military in the Latgale battles vs. the Bolsheviks
  • 1922 - Graduates from military college, rank of Lieutenant
  • Transfers to the Aviation Division
  • April 19, 1923 - completes his first solo flight
  • October 11, 1923 - member of the Artillery Spotting unit.
  • May 26, 1924 - flies as passenger with R.Gulbis in LVG #27 (R.Gulbis' log book)
  • June 15, 1924 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve. Flew as the observer in DFW C.V #3, flown by R.Gulbis.
  • June 29, 1924 - passenger in LVG #27, flown by R.Gulbis, which has a hard landing in heavy winds (breaking the tail skid).
  • August 28, 1928 - promoted to the rank of Captain
  • August 6-7, 1929 - participates in a goodwill flight to Tallin, Estonia.
  • 1929 - 1932 - appears on the roster of the 1st Fighter Squadron
  • Dec. 9, 1929 - is assigned one of the first new Bristol Bulldog fighters.
  • May 25, 1930 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • May 31, 1931 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • 1931 - the recipient of the annual Clifford Harmon award (from the Ligue Internationale des Aviateurs) as the best pilot in Latvia.
  • 1931 - flew the new Fiat CR.1 fighter
  • June 5, 1932 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • May 28, 1933 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • 1933 - Commander of the 1st Fighter Squadron
  • January 2, 1934 - replaced by Kandis as Commander of the 1st Fighter Squadron.
  • September 9, 1934 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • 1935 - the Latvian Aero Club is reconstituted and, as a member of the transitional administration, Blaus is assigned responsibility for aerodromes.
  • September 8, 1935 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • May 1, 1936 - Named Commander of the 6th Recon Squadron.
  • May 16, 1936 - promoted to the rank of Captain.
  • June 7, 1936 - Commander of the 2nd Fighter Squadron.
  • Dec. 31, 1939 - Graduates from advanced officer training
  • 1939 - serves as adjutant to R.Kandis, Commander of the Aviation Group.
  • June 7, 1939 - As part of the Aviation Regiment's 20th anniversary, he is awarded the Viestura Ordenis IV Class (with swords).
  • 1940-41 (Soviet Occupation) - employed by the Priekule agricultural school, training farm tractor operators.
  • (German occupation) Assigned to the 26th Tukums battalion
  • Assigned as Commander of the Latvian railway police
  • At the end of the war he served in the guard at Nuremburg and Stuttgart
  • Emigrated to the USA
  • December 17, 1980 - Died, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
K.Blaus marker at Tannersville Evergreen Cemetary [B.Rouse photo]


Also see Photo G005 in Group Pictures page.

Sources

- Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture Edvins Bruvelis
- Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts 1981 No.1
- R.Gulbis' log book
- Latvijas Kareivis May 22, 1930
- Latvijas Kareivis May 30, 1931
- Latvijas Kareivis June 2, 1931
- Latvijas Kareivis, Sept.5, 1934
- Latvijas Kareivis, Sept.11, 1934
- Marker photo courtesy of B.Rouse.

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