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TIRULIS, ALBERTS

  • 1903, July 17 - Born in Limbazi, Latvia
  • 1926 - Graduated from Military College
  • 1930, October 17 - Graduated from Flight School, served in the Aviation Regiment.
  • 1932, June 11 - while passenger in DH9A #4 (Leons Vaiders - pilot) crashed into a vegetable garden without injury.
  • 1934, July 8 - while passenger in DH9A #10 (Arturs Ieva - pilot) experienced a heavy nose-over at Batari (near Daugavpils).
  • September 8, 1935 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • 1937 - Secretary of the Latvian Aero Club.
  • 1939 - Tirulis is a member of the 6th Reconnaissance Squadron, stationed in Gulbene under the command of kapt. Tomass, and flying SV-5s.
  • 1940 - Under Soviet occupation, served in the Latvian air squadron (24. Territorial Group)
  • 1941, June 14 - along with many other pilots of the group, he was placed under arrest at the airfield in Gulbene, and subsequently deported to Siberia as "unreliable"
  • After living in Siberia for many years, returned to Riga
  • 1979, January 24 - Died, in Riga. His funeral was attended by over 150 mourners, many of them comrades from the Aviation Regiment.

    Sources

    - Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts 1979, No.2
    - Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts 1983, No.3
    - Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts 1983, No.6
    - The DH.4 / DH.9 File, Ray Sturtivant and Gordon Page
    - Kadets No.9, pg. 64
    - Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture Edvins Bruvelis

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