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ZUTTE, FRIDRICHS

Fridrichs Zutte
  • Feb.14, 1886 - Born, at Sloka, near Riga.
  • Oct.1, 1916 - graduated from the Alexander Military College
  • served as an officer in Russian military
  • March 24, 1918 - demobilized from Russian military
  • Aug. 26, 1918 - returns to Riga and takes up studies at the Riga Polytechical Institute
  • Dec. 18, 1918 - called into the Latvian army and placed in the Engineer reserve
  • Jan. 16, 1919 - wounded in action near Lielauce
  • July 16, 1919 - transferred to the Aviation Group and serves as an observer for flights against Bermont-Avalov and, later, the Bolsheviks
  • Nov. 4, 1919 - as a passenger in an aircraft piloted by P.Mardoks he suffers head injuries in a crash
  • May 22, 1920 - promoted to rank of captain
  • Sept. 10, 1920 - his first solo flight at flight school
  • Feb. 28, 1921 - while flying Albatros #25, the engine stopped while he was over the Daugava river. The plane came down on the thin ice and broke through, not far from the shore.
  • March 10, 1921-Sept. 16, 1922 - Commander of the Aviation Division
  • March 16, 1921 - graduates from flight school as a qualified pilot
  • Sept. 11, 1921 - while flying Albatros #26 (with passenger Belavski) he lost power shortly after takeoff at an altitude of only 15 metres. In order to avoid the hangars he veered to the side, which stalled the plane and it fell heavily upon its wing.
  • After this last crash Capt. Zutte limited his aviation activity primarily to administrative duties
  • Oct.20, 1924-Nov.7 1925 - completed officers' advanced training school with high honors.
  • Nov.13, 1925 - promoted to the rank of Lt.Colonel
  • March 3, 1936 - at age of 50 he retires from military service
  • June 7, 1939 - As part of the Aviation Regiment's 20th anniversary, he is awarded the Viestura Ordenis III.class (with swords).

    Sources

    - Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture Edvins Bruvelis

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