Aviators
M

MARDOKS, PETERIS

  • Learned to fly with the Czarist Russian air force.
  • After the Russian Revolution, he continued to fly, but now for the Bolsheviks.
  • July 17, 1919 - While serving with the Red 15th Army, 45th Squadron (stationed in Soviet-occupied Rezekne), defected to the Latvian forces, bringing with him Sopwith Strutter #7046.
  • Autumn 1919 - a member of the search task force created to find and evaluate military aviation materials abandoned by the Germans and russians. Rank: Lieutenant
  • November 4, 1919 - Crashes Sopwith Strutter # 7046.
  • November 29, 1919 - involved in a ground accident in Sopwith Strutter # 7046 at Spilve.
  • March 5, 1920 - conducts a reconnaissance flight of the area around Daugavgriva.
  • March 10, 1920 - on the roster of the 3rd Squadron.
  • April 1920 - a member of the commission examining P.Abram's fatal crash of April 25, 1920.
  • August 7, 1921 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • 1923 - the Aviation Park receives new Ansaldo aircraft, and Mardoks is one of a handful of pilots considered qualified to fly the new machines.
  • August 26-30, 1924 - participates in the first Latvian goodwill flight (to Tallinn, Estonia).
  • 1926 - test flies and approves Sopwith Strutter #13 after it undergoes a major rebuild.
  • A member of the Aizsargu Aviacija
  • June 5, 1932 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • 1941 (Soviet Occupation) - the Soviets arrest and murder a number of those aviators who had defected to Latvia 20 years earlier. Mardok's fate is not known.

    Sources

    - Aviacijas Svetki (1932) Programma, pg.9
    - Briedis, E. Latviesa Stasts, pg. 81
    - Bruvelis, E. Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
    - Sparnota Latvija, No.24 (Jun 1936) pg.719, 747

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