These are images of groups who are associated with Latvian aviation. The object is to identify the
individuals and the event and any other facts associated with the group.
If someone can help with this, please send me an email at Gunars Thank you!
||Photo Number G001
On Back: back
Other Information:Clearly a visit to Estonia - but which one? I count five Latvian aviators
in the image - perhaps a sixth was taking the photo. The aircraft in the background is a Finnish Blackburn
Ripon, and the location is believed to be Lasnamae, Estonia in 1930-1931. The
man in the centre, at the top, is not Finnish pilot
Urho Heiskala, as had been thought. (Our thanks to his daughter for informing us!) Thank you to A.Vercamer, F.Gerdessen and M.Bukhman for information
about this photo.
||Photo Number G002
The back of the photo indicates that it was taken on Feb.28, 1922
on the occasion of the Aviation Division's 'birthday'. The people pictured are from the
||Photo Number G003
Many of the details of this photo are known. Taken on May 4, 1922
the photo features at least 17 students at the aviation division's military school. Names
are carefully listed on the back, but only thirteen.
||Photo Number G004
On Back: blank
Other Information:This may or may not belong here. The coats hide most of the uniforms, but
I cannot see any Latvian uniforms present - most hats appear to be Russian. The photo was in a collection with other Latvian subjects,
so it is possible that this is the aero repair shop for a Czarist Russian unit stationed in Riga.
[Update: I found this photo of the Omega company in Riga. The locations are not identical, but they are
similar enough to suggest the same street or neighborhood.]
||Photo Number G005
On Back: blank back
Other Information: Wedding of a young Aviation Regiment officer. I believe the Lieutenant
on the lower right is Karlis Blaus which, if identified correctly, would place this photo in
the early 1920s.
SOLVED! The lucky groom is Olgerts Pukse with his bride Elza. Many thanks to Paul Branke.
||Photo Number G006
On Back: back
Other Information: On Feb.10, 1937 Rudolfs Kandis became the Commander of the Aviation Regiment.
The photo was taken just prior to a parade celebrating this event. The photo lists the names
of a few of those closest to the camera. (Janis Rieka appears to be front row, 2nd from the end)