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RIMSA, JULIJS

J.Rimsa - courtesy of M.L.Dolnikov
  • Learned to fly in Czarist Russia and, during the Russian Civil War, he flew for the White Russians.
  • 1920 - joins the Latvian military, aviation section. Immediately put to work flying the early Latvian aircraft.
  • November 3, 1920 - flies a Sopwith Camel from Spilve to Petersfelde aerodrome in order to evaluate the airfields suitability for service.
  • November 6, 1920 - returns, with the Camel, to Spilve.
  • November 18, 1920 - flies over Dobele in a ceremony celebrating Latvian Independence Day.
  • 1920 - Rank: Lieutenant
  • March 10, 1921 - Member of the 1st Squadron.
  • July 7, 1921 - crashed Sopwith Camel (#18) when, after takeoff, a wheel fell off. A crash upon landing was inevitable.
  • August 7, 1921 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • 1920 - Rank: 1st Lieutenant
  • March 22 - April 4, 1922 - participates in the aerial re-supply of German ships frozen in the ice in the Bay of Riga.
  • 1923 - one of only four Aviation Regiment pilots initially considered qualified to fly the new Ansaldo Balillas.
  • October 11, 1923 - Member of the 1st Squadron.
  • June 15, 1924 - flying Sopwith Camel #18 he participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • May 17, 1926 - dies, in Latvia.

    Sources

    - Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture

    Photo courtesy of M.L.Dolnikov

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