Aviators
D

DZENITIS, AUGUSTS

Dzenitis
  • Born: February 14, 1900, Vietlava pag.
  • Attended a technical high school (railway technology)
  • 1917-1918 - technical draftsman for the Moscow-Ventspils railway workshop.
  • Summer 1918 - returns to Latvia.
  • June 17, 1919 - called into the Latvian army, initially assigned to the Valmiera infantry, later transferred to the 6th Riga Infantry.
  • Autumn, 1919 - enrols in military college, but for the time being remains on the front lines. Takes part in the liberation of Pardaugava and the battles along the Iecava River.
  • November 5, 1919 - distinguished himself in a particularly dangerous reconnaissance mission which led to an exchange of fire with the enemy (Noted in his Lacplesis Order citation).
  • 1920 - graduates (in the first graduating class) of the Latvian military college.
  • Serves in the 9th Rezeknes Infantry.
  • 1921 - Awarded the Order of Lacplesis
  • August 16, 1921 - Transfers to the Aviation Division
  • August 22, 1922 - completes his first solo flight
  • When the Aviation Division received its first new aircraft, only select pilots were permitted to fly them. Dzenitis, a new pilot, was given permission to fly the SVA-10.
  • Served as a flight instructor.
  • July 27, 1926 - Replaces Podnieks as Commander of the 1st Squadron. Rank: Captain
  • Promoted to the rank of Lt.Colonel.
  • January 31, 1929 - sent to Czechoslovakia to test fly the Avio B-H-33 (being considered for purchase) and then to England to fly the Bristol Bulldog.
  • March 10, 1930 - Replaced by Bulmanis as Commander of the Aviation Regiment's Fighter Section.
  • May 25, 1930 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • May 31, 1931 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • June 5, 1932 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • 1932 - Completes the instrument flying course and starts making occasional night flights in June.
  • May 28, 1933 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • Sept.9, 1934 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • 1935 - Was honored with the "Best Latvian Aviator of the Year" award from the International League of Aviators.
  • July 1, 1935 - test flies and accepts Udet Flamingo #95, built by Arsenals.
  • September 8, 1935 - Dzenitis flies the KOD-1 in public for its first time, at the Riga air show.
  • July 5, 1936 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Liepaja.
  • March 1937 - November 1940 - Commander of the Fighter Division, consisting of three Squadrons.
  • October, 1938 - Member of the 1st Squadron.
  • August 21, 1938 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • May 21, 1939 - Participated in the Aviation Festival at Daugavpils.
  • June 7, 1939 - As part of the Aviation Regiment's 20th anniversary, he is awarded the Viestura Ordenis IV Class (with swords).
  • 1939 - logs a total of 69 flight hours.
  • Dec. 1940 - relieved of his duties (Soviet occupation)
  • April - June, 1941 - University of Latvia - Assistant Chair in the Military Studies Faculty.
  • June, 1941 - (German Occupation) Commander of the Jekabpils civil defense unit.
  • 1941 - 1943 - Commander of the Jekabpils, Bauska and Jelgava civil defense region.
  • 1943 - 1944 - Commander of the 318th Police Battalion
  • 1942 - Decorated with the German War Medal, 2nd class
  • 1944 - Assigned as Commander of the re-constituted National Guard.
  • December 1946 - (Soviet Occupation) Arrested by the Soviets.
  • June 1947 - Sentenced to labour camp in Siberia for a term of 20 years.
  • 1958 - paroled from Siberia, but forbidden to return to Latvia so he settles in Pitalov.
  • Died - June 10, 1963 in Pitalov. Laid to rest in Riga, Bralu Kapi.

Sources

- Lacplesa Kara Ordena Kavalieri Ilze Antena, ed.
- Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture Edvins Bruvelis
- 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
- Latviesu Karavirs Zem Kaskrusta Karoga Igors Varpa

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