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VITOLINS, MARTINS

Martins Vitolins
  • Nov.13, 1890 - born.
  • Dec.13, 1922 - is a founding member of the new naval section of the Aviation Regiment.
  • April 21, 1923 - with pilot N.Jevlampjevs he test files and accepts Savoia S.16 #5009.
  • Oct.19, 1926 - called to testify in the court martial of N.Jevlampjevs.
  • From Sept.15, 1923 to January 1, 1927 Vitolins logged a total of 158 hours flight time, the second highest total in the naval section. (Rank: Captain)
  • March 4, 1927 - flying as observer in IVL A.22 (4G 99) with pilot A.Veldrums when the aircraft is destroyed in a rough forced landing at sea.
  • Assumes responsibility for the naval section's supply and inventory.
  • November 6, 1931 - dies, along with five others, in a mid-air collision at Liepaja, leaving a wife and 10-year-old child. Laid to rest in the Bralu Kapi Cemetary, Riga.
    B Rouse photo

    Sources

    - Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
    - Gerbers, Alfreds, Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts 1992, no. 2 pg. 26-28
    - Jaunakas Zinas November 7, 1931, pg.11
    - Prieditis, Erichs Eriks Latvijas Kara Flote
    - Cemetary photo courtesy of B.Rouse

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