Aviators
M

MELLUPS, ERIKS

Argalis
  • Born: June 15, 1902.
  • Flew with the White Russians in battles against the Bolsheviks.
  • 1927 - served as an observer in the Aviation Regiment, with rank of 1st Lieutenant.
  • September 21, 1928 - makes his first solo flight (Letov S.16)
  • May 25, 1930 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • August 30 - Sept.7, 1930 - Participates in the Goodwill flight around Europe. He flew Letov S.16 #59K with Col. J.Indans flying as his observer.
  • May 31, 1931 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • June 5, 1932 - Participated in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • May 28, 1933 - Participated in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • Sept.9, 1934 - Participated in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • March 13-14, 1935 - Participates in the aviation promotion flights around Latgale.
  • Sept. 8, 1935 - Participated in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • May 19, 1936 - passenger in DH9A #1 being flown by S.Babicevs which crashed after failing to reach sufficient takeoff speed.
  • October, 1938 - Commander of the 7th Long-Range Recon Squadron, based at Krustpils. (Rank: Captain)
  • September 1939 - Commander of the 4th Fighter Squadron being assembled in Riga.
  • After the war, Eriks Mellups emigrated to the USA.
  • July 18, 1983 - Died, in the USA. E.Mellups' marker at Tannersville Evergreen Cemetary, Tannersville, New York [B.Rouse photo]


    Sources

    - Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
    - Latvijas Kareivis, May 22, 1930
    - Latvijas Kareivis May 30, 1931
    - Latvijas Kareivis June 2, 1931
    - Latvijas Kareivis, Sept.5, 1934
    - Latvijas Kareivis, Sept.11, 1934
    - Sparnota Latvija No.55, January 1939.

    - Marker photo courtesy of B.Rouse.

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