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STRAUTNIEKS, AUGUSTS

  • August 2, 1902 - Born, in Irlava
  • March 1, 1928 - was the pilot/student when flight instructor J.Indans was injured in the heavy crash of Avro #32.
  • March 29, 1928 - earns his wings (rank: Lieutenant) after logging 38 hours, 16 minutes of flight time.
  • October 30, 1928 - with passenger Jandavs crashes in SVA #40. Both aviators were hospitalized.
  • July 30, 1930 - completes the advanced aerobatic training course (a member of the first graduating class).
  • May 31, 1931 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • 1932 - serves (with Ansons) as the parachute instructor for his Squadron's (No.2 Fighter Squadron) pilots.
  • May 28, 1933 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • September 9, 1934 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • October 1938 - appears on the roster of the 2nd Fighter Squadron, flying Gloster Gladiators.
  • 1939 - Flight leader in the 2nd Fighter Squadron (rank: 1st Lieutenant).
  • After the war, he emigrates to the USA.
  • July 5, 1974 - Dies, in Indianapolis, USA

    Sources

    - Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
    - Kadets No.5 (1975)
    - Latvijas Kareivis May 30, 1931
    - Latvijas Kareivis June 2, 1931
    - Latvijas Kareivis, Sept.5, 1934
    - Latvijas Kareivis, Sept.11, 1934

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