- Participated in the battles for Independence as a member of the infantry.
- 1920 - transfers to the Aviation Park.
- 1920 - Attended aviation school, a member of the first graduating class.
- June 14, 1920 - graduates as a qualified pilot.
- August 20, 1921 - flying Hannover CL.III #21 he performs the first night
flight in Latvian aviation. With his observer, Ltn.Inselbergs, Sgt.Putnins
made a flight of 1 hour, 35 minutes from Petersfeld aerodrome.
- Serves as a flight instructor for new military pilots. His name appears in R.Gulbis' log book as his first/primary instructor
- Feb-March, 1923 - participant in the aviation maneouvres in Latgale,
flying Hannover CL.III #21 with Veinbergs as his observer.
- 1923 - When the SVA-10 aircraft are purchased, Putnins is one
of only three pilots initially permitted to fly these new aircraft
- January 8, 1927 - promoted to the rank of administrative Lieutenant.
- July 3, 1930 - with Col.Indans as passenger, Putnins completes an historic flight around the
borders of Latvia. They departed from Riga in a DH9A and, in stages, completed the flight in
a counter-clockwise direction. The total flight time was 9 hours, 35 minutes and covered a
distance of 1800 km.
- May 31, 1931 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
- June 5, 1932 - participated in the Spilve Aviation Festival. Flying a DH9A (with observer
Kadikis) he demonstrated ground attack and he also flew a DH9A (with observer Kaneps) in
the parade of aircraft.
- May 28,1933 - participated in the Spilve Aviation Festival. Flying a DH9A (with observer
Lt.Kadikis) he demonstreated ground attack and he also flew a DH9A (with observer Lt.Birznieks) in
the parade of aircraft.
- September 9, 1934 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
- September 8, 1935 - participated in the Spilve Aviation Festival. Flying a Udet
Flamingo he demonstrated low-level leaflet drops, and he also flew a Letov S.16
in the parade of aircraft.
- Recipient of the Order of the Three Stars.
- As an aviator, survived a number of dangerous incidents. These included
an occasion where his longeron broke while in flight, a time when the fuel in
his engine caught fire during a flight, and another event where, searching for
Liepaja's aerodrome in heavy fog he crashed on the dunes.
- He particularly specialized in high altitude flight, often making such flights
to gather data for the meteorological division and was known to fly above 7,000 metres
without benefit of bottled oxygen.
- In his spare time, he took up other studies and was actually a qualified
military clerk, though he never did serve in this capacity.
- Noting his piloting skill and legendary calm, slow demeanor, he
was assigned as an instructor at flight school. Rank: adm. Capt-Lieut.
- November 4, 1935 - fatal crash at Spilve.
- Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
- Latvijas Kareivis May 30, 1931
- Latvijas Kareivis June 2, 1931
- Latvijas Kareivis, Sept.5, 1934
- Latvijas Kareivis, Sept.11, 1934
- Sparnota Latvija No.17, November 1935, pg. 470 - 472
- R.Gulbis' log book
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