- May 6, 1894 - Born, near Jaunjelgava
- Graduated from the Jaunjelgava business school
- March 2, 1916 - called into the Russian military and assigned to the aviation unit in Petrograd
- Nov. 14, 1917 - Graduates from the advanced program at Moscow flight school and is
designated a military pilot.
- During the Russian Civil War he flies for the Bolsheviks. Rank: Corporal
- May 9, 1919 - he flies his Nieuport 24bis from the Bolshevik side over to the German forces,
and he flies for the Germans until June 28 when he joins the Latvian Aviation Group.
- Flies missions first against the Bolsheviks and later against Bermont-Avalov.
- Served as assistant to the British Captain Arnold as they surveyed the equipment abandoned by the Germans and Russians.
- July 29, 1919 - Assigned to commission overseeing acceptance of war trophy aircraft.
- Sept. 23, 1919 - Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
- November 10, 1919 - strafes the enemy ranks, both with machine gun
fire and bombs. His engine is hit by return fire and he is forced to
land in no-man's land. Under heavy fire, he crawls to the nearest
forward post and makes his report on enemy troop movements. (Mentioned
in his Lacplesis Award citation).
- Decembr 20, 1919 - Promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
- May 12, 1920 - while flying a reconnaissance mission on the Latgale Front, he has to make a forced landing near Pitalova. He
was able to repair the engine, take off and return to Rezekne unharmed.
- November 26, 1920 - founding member of the original Latvian Aero Club.
- June 28, 1921 - awarded the Lacplesis Order (3rd Class)
- Served as an instructor at the aviation school
- Test-flew aircraft which had been rebuilt after they were captured from the Germans
- Nov. 27, 1922 - completed the military college officers program
- Nov. 18, 1923 - Promoted to the rank of Captain
- October 11, 1923 - Commander of the Reconnaissance Squadron.
- Sept.3, 1924 - Flies SVA #29, with R.Gulbis as passenger. (R.Gulbis' log book)
- Sept. 24, 1925 - transferred to Naval Aviation
- Dec. 29, 1925 - appointed Commander of the Naval Aviation Section
- May 31, 1926 - the Naval Aviation Section is renamed as the Juras Aviacijas Divizions with Jakubovs as Commander.
- Nov. 18, 1926 - promoted to the rank of Lt.Colonel
- January - April 1927 - temporarily assigned to gain experience at the French school of
- January 29, 1930 - the Latvian Aviators Society unanimously nominates V.Jakubovs for the Clifford Harmon trophy as Latvia's most accomplished aviator.
- May 25, 1930 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
- 1930 - The International League of Aviators recognizes Jakubovs as
the foremost Latvian aviator in 1929.
- October 3, 1935 - replaced by Zarins as commander of the Naval Aviation Division
- September 8, 1935 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
- OCt. 3, 1935 - released from military service, reportedly at his own request.
- June 7, 1939 - As part of the Aviation Regiment's 20th anniversary, he is awarded the Viestura Ordenis III.class (with swords).
- February 20, 1940 - (Soviet Occupation) arrested and imprisoned
- September 30, 1941 - dies in prison in Orenburg
- November 25, 1993 - his name is officially "rehabilitated" by the post-Soviet Russians.
- Antena, Ilze Lacplesa Kara Ordena Kavalieri
- Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
- Latvijas Kareivis January 29, 1930
- Latvijas Kareivis May 22, 1930
- Prieditis, Erichs Eriks Latvijas Kara Flote
- R.Gulbis' log book
- Sparnota Latvija
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