Aviators
S

STRUKOVS, NIKOLAJS

  • February 14, 1903 - Born
  • 1923 - Graduated from military college, artillery division.
  • Transferred to Aviation Division.
  • 1926 - Graduated from flight school (observer), assigned to the Recon Squadron in Krustpils.
  • August 15, 1928 - makes his first solo flight (in a Letov S.16)
  • May 25, 1930 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • February 20, 1931 - makes one of the first Latvian parachute jumps, from an altitude of 600m over Krustpils aerodrome.
  • May 31, 1931 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • 1931 - at the Daugavpils Air Festival Strukovs makes a parachute jump and breaks his leg upon landing. This was to end his activities as a parachutist.
  • June 5, 1932 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • May 28, 1933 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • September 9, 1934 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • September 8, 1935 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • October, 1938 - Commander of the 4th Recon Squadron.
  • 1939 - on the roster of the 6th Recon Squadron at Gulbene (SV.5s), as second in command.
  • June 7, 1939 - As part of the Aviation Regiment's 20th anniversary, he is awarded the Viestura Ordenis V. class (with swords). Rank: 1st Lieutenant.
  • 1940 - (Soviet Occupation) - assigned to the 24th Territorial Group's Latvian Aviation Squadron in Gulbene.
  • 1941 - (Soviet Occupation) - arrested and sent to Siberia for 12 years.
  • February 24, 1981 - Died, in Riga (elsewhere, location is given as "Vecakos")

    Sources
    - Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
    - Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts 1981, No.3
    - Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts 1983 No.3 pg. 31
    - Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts 1983 No.6 pg. 30
    - Kadets No.10 (1981)
    - Latvijas Kareivis, May 22, 1930
    - Latvijas Kareivis May 30, 1931
    - Latvijas Kareivis June 2, 1931
    - Latvijas Kareivis, Sept.5, 1934
    - Latvijas Kareivis, Sept.11, 1934
    - Sturtivant & Page The DH4/DH9 File pg. 265

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