Aviators
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MENCIS, ARNOLDS JULIJS

  • April 25, 1915 - Born, in Riga
  • 1936 - Joins the Latvian Air Force
  • September 11, 1938 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Jelgava.
  • 1939 - Qualifies as a pilot-mechanic
  • 1941-1943 - Served in a guard batallion in Riga
  • 1943 - Volunteers for the Luftwaffe. With Rank of Lieutenant, he serves with 1./NSGr.12 until June, 1944.
  • June 21, 1944 - Selected for fighter pilot training.
  • Briefly serves with JG 54.
  • October, 1944 - Assigned to JG 1 "Oesau"
  • November 20, 1944 - suffers a head injury in a forced landing, but remains on active service.
  • January 1, 1945 - Takes part in Operation Bodenplatte, when he makes a forced landing about 10 km from Hengelo airfield. He was wounded and taken to Quedlinburg hospital.
  • April 23, 1945 - Captured by the americans, but then turned over to the Soviets.
  • While being transported to the east, he manages to escape and hide in Brest-Litovsk.
  • Autumn 1945 - returns to his parents' home in Riga.
  • July 14, 1952 - arrested and sentenced to 25 years forced labour for having served in the police battalion in 1941-43 and for his Luftwaffe service.
  • November 5, 1955 - released from forced labour as one of the Kruschev period amnesties.
  • 1997 - Awarded the Latvian Order of the Three Stars.

Additional Reading

See also our WWII section.

Sources

- Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts 1975, No.1 pg.14
- Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts 1979, No.1 pg.35
- In the Skies of Europe Neulen, Hans Werner

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