Aviators
P

PETERSONS, BERNHARDS

Petersons
  • 1922 - Graduates from flight school (observer) Rank: Lieutenant
  • August 31, 1922 - makes his first solo flight.
  • December 1929 - The Aviation Regiment begins parachute training for its aviators, under the leadership of B.Petersons. Petersons had attended parachute and parachute training courses in Germany and was considered to be the Regiment's expert on the subject.
  • March 17, 1930 - Petersons advises the HQ administration that the "Heinecke" type of parachute is not compatible with all of the aircraft types being used in the Regiment. However, the Heinecke model had already been ordered and they had to be content with it.
  • May 25, 1930 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • With the decision that each aviator must receive parachute instruction, Petersons delegates the instruction to two officers from each squadron, and he oversees the process. Petersons had, by this time, made 12 jumps himself, which was a leading total for the time.
  • May 31, 1931 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • August 4, 1931 - Petersons makes a parachute jump from a height of 6,650 metres, which surpassed the European record set by Belgian Capt. Coppens in 1928. He set this record with a 15-minute long jump and descent in Zemgale, near Stalgene. He was blown 10 km away from the intended landing spot.
  • A member of the Aizsargi. Serves as commander of the 1st AA Squadron (in Riga). Of note, he arranges for an Aviation section to be developed in the 5th Riga Aizsargu technical unit.
  • Taught Aizsargi aviators how to parachute, and this activity was so popular that more jumps were made by AA aviators than by those of the Regiment. The Aizsargi used the "Salvator" type of parachute.
  • August 20, 1933 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Auce.
  • July 11, 1937 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Kuldiga.
  • July 31, 1938 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Liepaja.
  • 1940 - 1941 (Soviet Occupation) - Petersons is assigned to the Gulbene squadron, the Latvian-manned squadron in the Soviet 24th Territorial Corps.
  • June 1941 - Petersons is arrested and deported to Siberia, where he died.

    Sources

    - Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
    - Jaunais Kurzemnieks July 14, 1937
    - Latvijas Kareivis May 22, 1930
    - Latvijas Kareivis May 30, 1931
    - Latvijas Kareivis June 2, 1931

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