Aviators
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STAPRANS, SERGEJS

Ercums
  • November 5, 1896 - Born, Dundagas pag.
  • Completed basic schooling in Ventspils
  • Attended the Institute of Commerce in Moscow
  • 1916 - called into the Russian army
  • Attends the Alexander military college
  • March 1917 - serves in the Latvian Strelnieki Reserve group
  • Promoted to communications officer of the 1st Daugavgrivas Strelnieki
  • End of 1917 - Released from the military due to illness.
  • 1921 - Awarded the Order of Lacplesis
  • January 1919 - Returns to Latvia
  • 1919 - involved in organizing Latvian partisans in the Talsis and Tukums region. Arrested and sent to Riga for trial. En route, he overpowers his guard and escapes.
  • March 26, 1919 - Joins the Latvian military After taking part in the uprising in Liepaja, he makes his way to norther Vidzeme where he is assigned to the 5th Cesis infantry, reconnaissance cavalry unit.
  • Participates in the Cesis battles and is captured by the Germans, where he remains until the peace treaty between the Latvians and the Germans.
  • Returns to the 5th Cesis unit, where he organizes a bicycle recon unit, which was in action in the battle vs. Bermont-Avalov.
  • Captures an armoured car from the enemy, which later became part of the Latvian military equipment and was named "Talivaldis".
  • November 13, 1919 - distinguishes himself in action. He leads his unit against a superior enemy force, took their position, captured three machine guns, horses, carriages, military supplies and took prisoners. This action was noted in his Lacplesis Order citation.
  • February 5, 1920 - promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
  • 1920 - transferred to the Aviation Division
  • July 20, 1920 - the first Aviation Festival in Spilve, and to promote the event Staprans writes an article about Latvian aviation for "Jaunakas Zinas" (Latest News).
  • August 21, 1920 - makes his first solo flight (a member of the first graduating aviation class, he received pilot training from J.Prieditis)
  • Graduated from flight school (pilot)
  • November 23, 1920 - one of the founders of the first Latvian Aeroclub.
  • January 1921 - released from the military
  • Wrote his war memoir "Caur Krievijas tumsu pie Latvijas Saules" (translated: Through the Russian darkness to the Lavtvian sun)
  • 1929 - emigrates to South America. Initially visits the Latvian communities in Brazil, but ultimately settles in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Spends the rest of his life as a journalist.
  • September 25, 1951 - died, in Argentina

    Sources

    - Lacplesa Kara Ordena Kavalieri Ilze Antena
    - Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture Edvins Bruvelis

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