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MIKELSONS, KIRILS

Mikelsons
  • 1935 - 1936 - a member of the first graduating class of the Latvian Aero Club Sport Aviators training program (in Riga). Concurrently, Mikelsons completed the Aviation Regiment reserve pilot program. Rank: corporal
  • As a member of the Aizsargu Aviacija he was a frequent demonstration pilot at Aviation Festivals.
  • March 23, 1937 - transferred to the 8th Reconnaissance Squadron (naval) at Liepaja.
  • June 18, 1937 - crashes in a Svenska Pirat.
  • 1938 - became a test pilot for VEF.
  • 1938- pilots the glider tug to transfer the LKOD-built Rhonbussard glider from Liepaja to Riga.
  • May 21, 1939 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Daugavpils.
  • July 2, 1939 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Rujiena.
  • July 9, 1939 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Kuldiga.
  • July 16, 1939 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Liepaja.
  • July 23, 1939 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Gulbene.
  • August 5, 1939 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Ventspils.
  • August 27, 1939 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Vecauce.
  • 1941 (German occupation) - Mikelsons makes a test flight in the Irbitis I-17 and declares its flight characteristics to be superior to those of the Miles Magister and Soviet UT-2.
  • May 28, 1942 (German occupation) - checks out Estonian aviator Habel on the SV-5s, and later the same day Habel prepares the other Estonian pilots to fly four of the SV5s to Sonderstaffel Buschman.
  • 1944 (German occupation) - served as a flight instructor at Liepaja-Grobina, preparing for NSG12, the Latvian unit in the Luftwaffe. Rank: Sargeant
  • After war, emigrates to Canada.

    Sources

    - Bruvelis, E. Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture pg. 384
    - Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts, 1978 No.1 pg. 27 [Malins]
    - Hazners & Berzins (ed) LKOPKL Vol.7 pg.17
    - Irbitis, K Latvijas Aviacija un tas Pionieri pg. 148, 149, 150
    - Irbitis, K. Of Struggle and Flight pg. 159. 160, 162
    - Latvijas Aviacijas Fonda Avize, No.4, August 31, 1991, pg.3
    - Loza & Ozolins, Latviesu Lidotaji Vol.2, pg. 8, 83, 87
    - Muiznieks, J Putnu Cels, pg. 26
    - Sparnota Latvija, No.62 (Aug 1939) pg.270, 272

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