Chronology

LATVIAN AVIATION CHRONOLOGY

1920

January 2 Fokker D.VII - brief test flight (propeller test)
January 5 Fokker D.VII - brief test flight (propeller test)
January 7 Sopwith 7046 (later #2), now repaired, is test flown and then assigned to the Aviation School (Jan.20).
January 10 Fokker D.VII - brief test flight (propeller test)
January 11 The official acceptance date for the Sopwith Camels received from the British.
January 17 First Latvian flight of Albatros B.II #6161/17, after which it is assigned to the Aviation School (Jan.20)
January 20 The Aviation School is created.
January 21 The Latvian forces liberate Rezekne from the Bolsheviks. Rezeknes aerodrome, being used by the 15th Red Army's 45th Squadron as recently as Jan.14, would now become the main base for Latvian air operations in the region.

February 1 Armistice signed between Latvia and the Soviet Union.
February 21 Vladimirs Korobovskis, with his mechanic Antons Joniskans, defect to the Latvians by landing at Rezekne and turning their Sopwith Strutter #5248 over to the Aviation Regiment.
February 24 V.Jakubovs and A.Lagzdins transfer the newly-acquired Strutter to Spilve.

March 5 Skrastins, Mardoks & Rullis (o), Vasiljevs & Ziverts (o) make recon training flights in the vicinity of Daugavgriva.
March 8 V.Jakubovs practices artillery spotting with the help of British Captains Arnolds and Vincent.
March 10 - Skrastins and Rullis (o) complete a recon training flight along the Jelgava highway and near Tornakalns.
- N.Pulins demobilizes from the military
March 13 pilot Blaubergs makes his first Latvian solo flight.
March 20 Peteris Abrams, Karlis Vizins and Ose defect to the Latvian side.
March 26 The British present the Latvians with three surplus Sopwith Strutters.
March 27 Sparins completes his first solo flight.

April 11 V.Jakubovs, in DFW # 8205, transports British Colonel Alexander from Spilve to Liepaja, via Jelgava and Auce.
April 12 The aircraft are assigned their first (Latvian) serial numbers.
April 13 Skrastins, en route to Rezekne in Sopwith Strutter #15 (5254), crashes at Koknese.
April 15 - Korobovskis and Joniskans transfer, with Sopwith Strutter #11 (5248), to combat duty at Rezekne.
- Korobovskis and Rulle, in Strutter #11, complete a recon of Sebeza.
- Korobovskis and Rulle, in Strutter #11, complete a recon of Sebeza and Osveja.
- V.Jakubovs, in Sopwith Camel #9 (8187), transfers to Rezekne.
April 16 - Prieditis, in Hannover #21 (1626) makes a heavy forced landing at Krustpils, en route from Spilve to Rezekne.
- Jakubovs, in Camel #9, makes a brief test flight over Rezeknes aerodrome.
April 18 The Latgale offensive begins.
- Jakubovs, in Camel #9, completes two recons of Osveja.
- Korobovskis and Rulle, in Strutter #11, completes a recon of Osveja.
April 20 Latvian acquire LVG C.IV #9014 (eventually serial no.24)
April 25 - Korobovskis and Rulle, in Strutter #11, make a brief test flight over Rezeknes aerodrome.
- Sopwith Camel #7 is totally destroyed in a crash (pilot: Abrams).
- Jakubovs, in Camel #9, completes a recon of Osveja.
April 26 The first class of 12 new air mechanics graduates from the Aviation School.
April 27 - Korobovskis and Rulle, in Strutter #11, complete a recon of Osveja, Pitalova, Ansani (where they make a forced landing).
- Jakubovs, in Camel #9, completes a recon which includes the strafing of a train and cavalry column.
April 28 Korobovskis and Rulle repair their aircraft and return to Rezekne from Ansani.
April 30 Korobovskis and Rulle, in Strutter #11, drop bombs on an armoured train.

May 2 - Ltn. Voldemars Skrastins dies in the crash of Sopwith Camel #6.
- Korobovskis, in Strutter #11, completes a test flight in the vicinity of Rezekne.
- Jakubovs, in Camel #9, completes a recon of Sebeza.
May 6 pilot Vizins makes his first solo flight.
May 8 Jakubovs, in Camel #9, completes a test flight over Rezeknes aerodrome.
May 10 Korobovskis, in Strutter #11 and with Polish officer Niepohoilicki as passenger, completes a communications flight to Glubokoji, Poland.
May 12 - Korobovskis, in Strutter #11 and with Polish officer Niepohoilicki as passenger, completes a communications flight to Glubokoji, Poland.
- Jakubovs, in Camel #9, makes a recon of Pitalova, where he has to make a forced landing but is able to return to base.
May 13 - Jakubovs, in Camel #9, flies from Spilve to Rezekne. (Presumably, the aircraft had been flown Spilve for repairs, no details on that flight)
- Korobovskis and Joniskans fly Strutter #11 from Rezekne to Spilve to go on leave.
- Zarins, in Camel #17 (8189) transfers from Spilve to Rezekne.
May 19 Blaubergs and Ziverts, in DFW C.V #12 (8205) re-base from Spilve to Rezekne.
May 20 - Zarins, in Camel #17, completes a recon of Osveja and Velikoje.
- Zarins, in Camel #17, completes a recon of Osveja.
May 22 F.Zutte, future commander of the Aviation Park, is promoted to the rank of Captain.
May 24 Zarins, in Camel #17, completes a recon of Osveja, Kahanovici, Drisa.
May 26 Blaubergs and Ziverts, in DFW #12, complete a recon of Sebeza, Driza, Opocka.
May 31 Blaubergs and Ziverts take DFW #12 on a test flight over Rezeknes aerodrome.

June 2 V.Jakubovs, in Albatros C.III #29, transports British Brigadier General Turner from Spilve to Kaunas and back.
June 8 Vasiljevs crashes Fokker D.VII #4 near Rezekne.
June 9 Augusts Lazdins graduates from flight school.
June 11 Rumpler C.1 #6, after a major rebuild, enters service.
June 14 Blaubergs and Ziverts take DFW #12 on a test flight over Rezeknes aerodrome.
June 17 - Zarins, in Camel #17, completes a recon and bombing of Ostrova, Opocka, Sebeza.
- Jakubovs & Bambergs test fly and accept DFW #20
June 21 V.Jakubovs, in Hannover #21, transports British Brigadier General Turner from Spilve to Revel (via Pernava) and back.
June 22 Zarins, in Camel #17, completes a recon of Sebeza, Indrica, Opocka and Rozanova.
June 29 DFW #20 crashes, killing pilot Sparins and his air mechanic Sabulis.
June 30 The accident investigation committee presents its report on the fatal June 29th crash.

July 2 At the funeral of 1st Lt. Sparins, aviators P.Abrams, A.Joniskans, J.Prieditis, A.Lagzdins and V.Jakubovs flew over the procession in LVG #25, Hannover #21 and Sopwith Camel #9.
July 5 Blaubergs and Ziverts take DFW #12 on a test flight over Rezeknes aerodrome.
July 7 - Zarins takes Camel #17 on a test flight over Rezeknes aerodrome.
- Lt.Biders graduates from flight school.
July 8 Vasiljevs, on a transfer flight from Spilve to Rezekne, crashes Fokker D.VII #4 ten km from Rezekne.
July 13 - Zarins takes Camel #17 on a test flight over Rezeknes aerodrome.
- Korobovskis and Joniskans transfer Strutter #11 from Spilve to Rezekne, but only get as far as Aizkalne (forced landing).
July 14 - Zarins, in Camel #17, completes a recon of Rusoni, Sebeza and Indrica.
- Zarins transfers Camel #17 from Rezekne to Spilve.
July 15 Korobovskis and Joniskans complete the transfer of Strutter #11, flying from Aizkalne to Rezekne.
July 17 - Blaubergs and Ziverts take DFW #12 on a test flight over Rezekne. Apparently not satisfied with the aircraft, they fly it to Spilve for further repair.
- Albatros #1145, repaired and test flown, is assigned to active service.
July 18 - Jakubovs and Prieditis, in Hannover #21, fly to Petersfeld to determine its suitability as the base for the 3rd Squadron.
- Augusts Lazdins, on his own initiative, makes his first solo flight (Albatros #5). He receives military punishment for this unauthorized flight.
July 20 - The first air show to raise funds for the families of pilots who died in air crashes is held.
- The second class of air mechanics begin their courses at the Aviation School.
July 21 Jakubovs and Vizins make a familiarization flight in Albatros #1145.
July 22 Vizins makes a solo flight in Albatros #1145. While practicing for the upcoming Aviation Festival at Spilve, Vizins' engine fails while flying low over the Daugava river. He force lands on the water and the aircraft sinks, he swims to shore.
July 25 The first Aviation Festival, held in Spilve, Riga.
July 28 Blaubergs, Ziverts and Rulle, in DFW #12, suffer a fatal crash near Plavinas, while en route from Spilve to Rezekne.
July 31 Albatros #1145 is pulled from the Daugava (where it crashed on July 22), but it is written off as being unrepairable.

August 4 Korobovskis and Joniskans take Strutter #11 on a test flight over Rezeknes aerodrome.
August 5 Korobovskis and Joniskans, in Strutter #11, complete a recon of Sebeza. This was the final combat sortie of the Latgale campaign.
August 14 Augusts Lazdins is enrolled in flight school.
August 15 Peace treaty signed between Latvia and the Soviet Union.
August 16 pilot A.Lazdins makes his first legal solo flight, only two days after enrolling in flight school.
August 19 pilot Kraulis makes his first solo flight.
August 20 F.Zutte named commander of the 3rd Aviation Unit.
August 21 - Korobovskis and Joniskans transfer Strutter #11 from Rezekne to Spilve, with a forced landing at Zilani en route.
- pilots Indans, Jakobsons, Staprans, Meisters and Zutte all make their first solo flights.
August 26 The fund for wounded aviators is created and, until 1940, it continued to provide financial support for aviators wounded in the line of duty and to families of aviators who perished.
August 27 The creation of the 3rd Aviation Squadron, commanded by F.Zutte.

September 10 F.Zutte makes his first solo flight.

November 3 Preiditis, Zarins and Rimsa re-base Sopwith Camels #7, 17 and 28 to Petersfeld.
November 8 The Order of Lacplesis is awarded to aviators J.Prieditis, V.Jakubovs and A.Sparins.
November 23 The founding meeting of the Latvian Aero Club is held.
November 27 The Aviation Park gifts 7,900 rubles to the Aeroclub to be used as seed money for the new organization.

December 15 The Latvian Aero Club approves its first/founding statutes.
December 21 The second class of 26 new air mechanics graduates from the Aviation School.

- Margeris Kenins is drafted into the Latvian military and completes pilot training at the School of Military Aviation.

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