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KOROBOVSKIS, VLADIMIRS

Korobovskis
  • Born in Ostrova, near Pleskava, Russia.
  • May 12, 1916 - graduated from the Gatchina flight school.
  • Served in Czarist Russian aviation units, then after the revolution flew for the Bolsheviks.
  • December 26, 1919 - is transferred to the 45th Aviation Group. Rank: Corporal
  • February 21, 1920 - flying a Bolshevik Sopwith Strutter (# 5248) he departs Niske aerodrome with his Lithuanian observer Anton Joniskan to conduct a reconnaissance of Juhnovichi - Lisno - Osveja - Balnova - Kohnovichi - Juhnovici. Instead, they land at their former aerodrome at Rezekne, now a Latvian nationalist base, and desert to the Latvian side.
  • February 28, 1920 - both Korobovskis and Jonsikan are accepted into the Aviation Park and are assigned to the 2nd Squadron.
  • March 26, 1920 - a member of the inspection commission which accepted the first six aircraft gifted from the British.
  • April 15, 1920 - with Joniskans as passenger, transfers Sopwith 5248 (#11) from Spilve to Rezekne. However, he force lands at Koknese, slightly damaging the aeroplane. Later that same day, with observer Rulle, he completes two recons of the Sebeza - Osveja region.
  • April 18, 1920 - with observer Rulle, completes a recon of the Osveja region.
  • April 25, 1920 - with observer Rulle, takes Sopwith 5248 for a test flight.
  • April 27, 1920 - with observer Rulle, completes a recon of Osveja-Pitalova-Ansani, but has to make a forced landing at Dagusoni.
  • April 28, 1920 - with motorist Joniskans, flies Sopwith 5248 from Dagusoni to Rezekne.
  • April 30, 1920 - with observer Rulle, completes a recon/bombing mission, dropping bombs on an armoured train.
  • May 2, 1920 - completes a test flight of Sopwith 5248.
  • May 10, 1920 - transports Polish officer Niepohoilicki to Glubokoji and back.
  • May 12, 1920 - transports Polish officer Niepohoilicki to Globokoji and back.
  • May 13, 1920 - with Joniskans as passenger, transfers Sopwith 5248 from Rezekne to Spilve.
  • July 13, 1920 - with Joniskans as passenger, departs Spilve (in Sopwith 5248) for Rezekne. Forced to land at Aizkalne with mechanical problems.
  • July 15, 1920 - completes the flight, now from Aizkalne, to Rezekne.
  • August 4, 1920 - completes a test flight of Sopwith 5248.
  • August 5, 1920 - with observer Joniskans, completes a recon of the Sebeza region.
  • August 21, 1920 - with Joniskans as passenger, transfers Sopwith 5248 from Rezekne to Spilve, with a forced landing at Zilani en route.
  • March, 1921 - the Aviation Park undergoes a reorganization, 1st Lt.Korobovskis commands the 2nd Squadron.
  • September 1921 - officially assigned the status of 'combat pilot'.
  • October 1, 1921 - flying LVG #24 in a strong wind with rain, Korobovskis contacts telephone wires with his wingtip and crashes. He and passenger Geizelis escape without major injuries.
  • Feb-March 1923 - participates in the Aviation promotional tour of Latgale, with Col.J.Basko as his passenger in LGV #24.
  • March 10, 1923 - Capt. V.Korobvskis is a member of the commission which accepted the Savoia S.16 flying boats for the Naval squadron.
  • October 11, 1923 - Commander of the Artillery Spotting unit.
  • July 17, 1924 - After the crash of Savoia S.16 #4, Capt. Korobovskis is reprimanded for accepting a sub-standard Savoia S.16 in 1923.
  • 1926 - promoted to the rank of Lt.Colonel.
  • August 1927 - member of the special commission formed to investigate the cause of Sgt.Lumberg's fatal crash.
  • June 7, 1939 - As part of the Aviation Regiment's 20th anniversary, he is awarded the Viestura Ordenis IV. Class (with swords).
  • October 12, 1940 - (The Soviet Occupation) - Lt.Col. Vladimirs Korobovskis is arrested by the Soviets, sent to the Lefortov Prison in Moscow, and he is shot on October 16, 1941.

    Sources

    Bruvelis, Edvins Latviajas Aviacijas Vesture

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