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GOTSALKS, DIMITRIJS

  • Born 1892, in Vitebska
  • After completing high school, studied at the polytechnical institute in St.Peterburg.
  • 1916 - enrolls in the Czarist Russian military, is assigned to the aviation section.
  • Completes theoretical aviation studies in St.Petersburg and flight school in Sevastopole.
  • Flies combat missions with a unit in Caucasia.
  • 1919 - joins the Latvian military and takes part in the Latgale campaign in an engineering unit.
  • 1922 - resigns from military service.
  • 1926 - volunteers for military duty and is assigned to the Aviation Regiment.
  • June 30, 1927 - Completes his practical flight exams and is certified as a flier. Rank: 1st Lieutenant
  • December 1929 - checks out on the new Bristol Bulldog.
  • 1929 - on the roster of the 1st Fighter Squadron (at that time, the only fighter squadron), second in Command to the Squadron Commander Dzenitis.
  • January 28, 1930 - Crashes in Ansaldo Balilla #49 at Spilve.
  • January 29, 1930 - dies of injuries sustained in the crash. Laid to rest in Bralu Kapi.
    B.Rouse photo

    Sources

    - Bruvelis, E. Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
    - Briedis, E. Latviesa Stasts
    - Latvijas Kareivis 1927-06-30
    - Latvijas Kareivis 1930-01-29
    - Latvijas Kareivis 1930-01-30
    - Latvijas Kareivis 1930-01-31

    Cemetary photo courtesy of B.Rouse.

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