Aviators
J

JEVLAMPJEVS, NIKOLAJS

Jevlampjevs
  • June 30, 1891 - Born, in Kuldiga
  • Graduated from the Mangal Naval Academy
  • August 3, 1914 - volunteers for officer training at the Sevastopol Military College.
  • Assigned to the St.Petersburg Polytechnical School for instruction in aviation theory.
  • Upon completing those courses he is sent to the Sevastopol Flight School.
  • July 26, 1915 - Graduates as a licensed pilot.
  • Assigned to a naval aviation squadron in the Baltic, where he flew a Grigorovich M.9 flying boat. He flew missions against many targets around the Gulf of Riga, including attacks upon the German seaplane base at Engure.
  • August 13, 1916 - he is shot down near Kolkasrags.
  • Sept. 23, 1916 - captures a German pilot and his aircraft at Ronu Island.
  • Reassigned to a naval aviation base at Reval, he oversees the conversion of Lebedev land planes to seaplane configuration in St.Petersburg.
  • Becomes a factory test pilot for naval aircraft.
  • Set the Russian record for atltitude achieved with a passenger.
  • During his service in the Baltic he receives two additional promotions.
  • Assigned to Hapsal to organise a naval flight school, where he is made commander of a naval aviation unit.
  • Assigned to Petrograd, where he is made commander of naval fighter operations.
  • 1920 - Sent to Shatnin to fly Sikorsky's Grande.
  • Sept.29, 1920 - deserts from the Bolshevik military and returns to Latvia.
  • February 21, 1921 - volunteers for military service and is assigned to the Aviation Park.
  • March 10, 1921 - Assigned to the 3rd Squadron.
  • January 1922 - quarreled with Commander Zutte - minor disciplinary action.
  • January 18, 1922 - transferred to the 4th Squadron.
  • December 11, 1922 - named Commander of the floatplane section, a temporary/transitional posting which lasted only two days.
  • May 30, 1923 - named Commander of the Naval Aviation Section.
  • August 21, 1923 - The Naval Aviation Section is transferred from the Aviation branch of the military to the Naval branch, with Jevlampjev staying on as Commander. He reported to Naval Captain Achibald Keizerling.
  • September 29, 1925 - replaced by V.Jakubovs as Commander of the Naval Aviation Section.
  • Dec. 7, 1925 - requests to be discharged from further military service (because of internal administrative conflict with Keizerling). His request is granted, effective December 18.
  • October 20 - 21, 1926. N.Jevlampjevs faces a military court on charges of "offending" Navy Commander Keizerlings who, at the time, was Jevlampjevs commanding officer. The hearing is held behind closed doors, details are not released, Jevlampjevs is found guilty and, even though he has since left military service, he is given a sentence of six months house arrest.
  • December 7 - 9, 1926 - N.Jevlampjevs faces a military court on charges of dereliction of duty. He had been assigned the task of inspecting a Hanriot 17 which had been purchased from the french. He accepted the aircraft, which was subsequently found to be underpowered and did not function well. The charges declared that the accepted aircraft had a used engine, rather than the new one specified in the purchase, was a different model than contracted for, and should have been rejected by Jevlampjevs if he had done his assignment properly. The committee met for three days, the second of which was in Liepaja where the actual aircraft was inspected, and heard the testimony of a board of technical experts. The experts found that the engine was the correct one as specified in the contract and that the model was different only because it was a newer and, presumably, better version of the same. Jevlampjevs, who was defended by lawyer Dzelzitis, was completely exonerated. While the particulars of the October hearing against Jevlampjevs are secret, it seems reasonable to conclude that his sudden resignation at the end of 1925 and the two hearings in the autumn of 1926 are related.
  • 1932 - 1940 - Publisher of the "Jaunais Kurzemnieks", published in Kuldiga.
  • August 18, 1934 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Kuldiga.
  • July 12, 1936 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Kuldiga.
  • August 9, 1936 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Ventspils.
  • August 30, 1936 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Lutrini.
  • July 11, 1937 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Kuldiga.
  • July 18, 1937 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Varme.
  • August 29, 1937 - Participates in the Aviation Festivals at Lutrini and Aizpute.
  • July 9, 1939 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Kuldiga.
  • 1943 - Dies, in Kuldiga.

    Sources

    - Andersons, E. Latvijas Brunotie Speki, pg. 364
    - Bruvelis, E. Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
    - Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts, 1969 No.2 pg. 14
    - Irbitis, K Latvijas Aviacija un tas Pionieri pg. 41
    - Irbitis, K. Of Struggle and Flight
    - Jaunais Kurzemnieks July 21, 1937
    - Latvijas Kareivis 1926-10-20
    - Latvijas Kareivis 1926-10-21
    - Latvijas Kareivis 1926-12-08
    - Latvijas Kareivis 1926-12-10
    - Latvijas Kareivis 1934-08-21
    - Latvijas Kareivis 1937-08-27
    - Prieditis - Latvijas Kara Flote, pg 66, 68, 75
    - Sparnota Latvija, No. 7 (Jan.1935) pg. 190
    - Sparnota Latvija, No.37/38 (Jul/Aug 1937) pg.234
    - Sparnota Latvija, No.50 (Aug 1938) pg.591-592, 607, 610
    - Sparnota Latvija, No.54 (Dec 1938) pg. 752
    - Sparnota Latvija, No.62 (Aug 1939) pg.271
    - Sparnota Latvija, No.70 (Apr 1940) pg. 115
    - Subota, Sandra Aviacijas Attistiba Latvija, pg. 6

    - Internet: Flyer N. Jevlampjeva 25th Jubilee

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