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SOTNIEKS, PAULIS

Ercums
  • December 6, 1905 - Born, in Valka*
  • October 16, 1930 - Graduated from flight school (pilot)
  • September 8, 1935 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • 1936 - Instructor in the Riga Sport flight school.
  • August 9, 1936 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Ventspils.
  • Served as the administrator of the Sport Flyer flight school program.
  • May 22, 1937 - test flies "Zilais Putns II, Pulins' aircraft which had been rebuilt and re-registered as YL-ABF by VEF, then gifted to the Latvian Aero Club.
  • July 18, 1937 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Skrunda.
  • July 10, 1938 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Kuldiga.
  • July 24, 1938 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Skrunda.
  • July 31, 1938 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Valka.
  • August 13, 1938 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Matisi.
  • August 28, 1938 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Lutrini.
  • September 25, 1938 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Madliena.
  • 1938 - took part in the "Flight Around Latvija" contest, repeating as the winner of the event.
  • Administrator and instructor at the Riga Flight School.
  • January 1939 - Released from the administrator/instructor function, returns to active combat service.
  • 1939 - on the roster of the 1st Fighter Squadron, based in Riga (Gloster Gladiators). Rank: 1st Lieutenant.
  • 1942 (German occupation) - volunteered for the military, and participated in battles at Lake Ilmene, Volchova, and Opochka.
  • After the war, Sotnieks emigrated to England, where he found employment in a railway mechanical division.
  • December 6, 1956 - Died, in England.*

    * Note: Kadets (No.1, Dec.1 1967) gives slightly different birth and death dates - August 2, 1905 and Dec.29, 1956 respectively.

    Sources

    - Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts 1957, No.1
    - Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts 1976, No.1
    - Jaunais Kurzemnieks July 13, 1938
    - Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture Edvins Bruvelis

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