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GRANTS, VILIS

  • 1927 - graduates from officer training program.
  • September 1, 1929 - promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant
  • November 8, 1930 - graduates from flight school.
  • January, 1938 - Placed in charge of the night flying training program.
  • October 1-2, 1938 - participates in the third, and final, "Flight Around Latvia" contest. He flew SV-5 #104, with V.Rinkis as observer, finishing fourth overall.
  • 1939 - on the roster of the Regiment Aviation School as a flight instructor.
  • June 12, 1939 - while continuing his role as a flight instructor, he is also designated with the status of "combat pilot".
  • May 20, 1940 - begins using the ex-Polish training aircraft to prepare new pilots.
  • June 17, 1940 - on the date of the Soviet occupation, Grants was training "Group 2" in the flight school.
  • 1944 - dies while fighting the Soviets (in the infantry) near Volkova. Rank: Captain

    Sources

    - Bruvelis, E. Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
    - Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts, 1970 No.3 pg. 17
    - Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts, 1979 No.1 pg. 32
    - Sparnota Latvija, No.53 (Nov 1938) pg.684, 686, 687, 689, 690, 692
    - Sparnota Latvija, No.60 (June 1939) pg.224

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