Aviators
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INDANS, JANIS

Indans
  • 1895, Feb.28 - Born, near Ilukste
  • Completed Vilnas technical high school and began studies at the Harkova Technical Institute.
  • June 1, 1916 - Called into the Russian Army
  • 1916, October 5 - graduates from the Petrograd Artillery Military College with the rank of Lieutenant.
  • 1917, October - mobilized with the Red Army
  • 1919, April 16 - promoted to the rank of Captain
  • 1919, June - deserts from the Red Army and establishes a partisan unit to the fight the Bolsheviks.
  • June 13, 1919 - his partisan unit is recognized and approved by the Lithuanian army commander. His group grew to about 600 men.
  • August 6, 1919 - his group was incorporated into the 3rd Jelgavas Infantry
  • fought in the battles vs. Bermont-Avalov.
  • Member of the Order of Lacplesis
  • 1920, January 10 - Transferred to the Aviation Park, takes up duties teaching aviation theory at the Flight school.
  • While performing his duties with the Aviation Park he also pursued technical studies at the University of Latvia.
  • 1920, March - begins flight instruction
  • 1919 - 1920 - Involved in inventorying the aircraft abandoned by the Germans, assessing their airworthiness and establishing the Aviation branches' repair and maintenance unit. Ercums
  • 1921, August 11 - graduates from Flight School as a qualified pilot.
  • 1922, September - promoted to assistant to the Commander of the Aviation Division.
  • 1923, October 4 - installed as head of the Aviation School
  • 1925, July 29 - Promotoed to Lieutenant-Colonel
  • 1920 - 1929 - a member of the administration of Latvia's Aero Club.
  • 1928, March 1 - Indans suffers injuries in a heavy aircraft wreck, requiring him to take medical leave from his aviation duties.
  • Still recovering from his injuries, he is assignes as Latvian military attache to Lithuania.
  • 1929, October 6 - returns from medical leavue to his Aviation Regiment duties.
  • 1929, November 12-Decermber 22 - travels to Poland to inspect pilot training facilities and to evaluate potential aircraft purchases.
  • May 25, 1930 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • Starting in July, 1930 he renews his flying skills, taking up a wide variety of military aicraft on refresher flights.
  • 1930, July 3 - participates in the "flight around Latvia"
  • 1930, September - participates in a goodwill flight around Europe
  • 1930, November 18 - promoted to the rank of Colonel.
  • 1932, July 1-26 - temporarily attached to the Riga 6th Infantry unit Ercums
  • 1932, August 3-25 - temporarily attached to a cavalry unit
  • 1932, Sept.28-Oct.17 - temporarily attached to an artillery unit
  • 1932 - Indans leads a project to erect a statue commemorating the partisans of Bebrene.
  • May 28, 1933 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • 1933, August 23 - attends senior officer school to learn about different and new military technologies
  • 1934, April 11 - named assistant commander of the Aviation Division
  • 1934, August 18 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Kuldiga.
  • 1934, September 9 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • 1934, October 1 - replaces Skurbe as Commander of the Aviation Regiment.
  • 1935, March 13-14 - participates in the Aviation Regiment's flights around Latgale
  • 1935, July 20-24 - participates in the goodwill flight to Lithuania
  • 1936, June 22-July 6 - participates in the Naval Aviation goodwill flight around northern Europe.
  • July 5, 1936 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Liepaja.
  • July 7, 1936 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve. Indans
  • July 12, 1936 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Kuldiga.
  • July 26, 1936 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Krustpils.
  • August 16, 1936 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Bauska.
  • June 4, 1937 - Participates in the Civil Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • July 11, 1937 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Kuldiga.
  • August 15, 1937 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Bauska.
  • August 22, 1937 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Valmiera.
  • 1940, August 10 - attains the rank of General (Aviation)
  • 1940, November 27 - Under Soviet occupation, he is relieved of his duties
  • 1941, February 15 - arrested by the Soviets and deported to Russia
  • 1941, July 18 - assigned the death penalty by the Soviets
  • 1941, October 16 - executed by firing squad in a Moscow's Butirk prison Survived by his wife, Anele, who died in Chicago in 1971.
  • 1957, November 30 - officially, his name is "rehabilitated" by the Soviets

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