Aviators
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KANEPS, NIKOLAJS

  • June 28, 1929 - graduated from flight school. Rank: 1st Lieutenant
  • January 3, 1930 - promoted to the rank of Captain.
  • January 28, 1930 - named Commander of the 1st Divizion Reconnaissance Squadron (formerly the Artillery Spotting Unit)
  • It has been suggested that Kaneps was not a particularly good pilot, but his leadership/administrative skills were strong.
  • August 30 - Sept. 7, 1930 - participates in the goodwill flight around Europe, flying as observer in Letov 57K, piloted by 1st.Lt. Pagrods.
  • April 30, 1931 - makes a successful parachute jump at Riga/Spilve, jumping from a height of about 400m.
  • September 15, 1931 - Named commander of the 7th long-range Recon Squadron
  • December 15, 1931 - Trades commands with Veinbergs, leaving 7th Recon to command 1 Divizions Recon Section
  • June 5, 1932 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • June 14, 1934 - propeller damage incident on takeoff in DH9A #67.
  • May 14, 1935 - Replaced by Munters as Commander of the 1st Divizion Recon Squadron
  • September 8, 1935 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • November 5, 1937 - records show a Sgt.Kaneps being a passenger in the crash landing of SV-5 #109. It is unlikely that this is the same Kaneps, but could be an error in recording the rank.
  • 1942 - 1945 (German Occupation) - served in the Latvia Legion (part of German army), fighting the Soviets.
  • At the end of the war he was in Germany.
  • 1952 - emigrated to the USA, first to New York City and, later, to Milwaukee.
  • 1970 - died, in Milwaukee.

    Sources

    - Aviacijas Svetki (1932) Programma, pg.9, 22
    - Aviacijas Svetki (1935) Programma, pg.11
    - Bruvelis, E. Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
    - Kadets No.5 pg 27, 30
    - Sparnota Latvija, No.61 (July 1939) pg.247
    - Sturtivant & Page The DH4/DH9 File pg. 267

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