Iakov Ivanovich Alksnis
Iakov Alksnis, USSR Commissar, air force commander.
Alksnis, Iakov was born on January 26, 1897 in Latvia. Son of a peasant.
Educated at Odessa military school, 1917. Graduated from the Frunze Military Academy, 1924.
Bolshevik propagandist at the front during World War I. Joined the Red Army, 1919. Fought during the Civil War in the Red Latvian detachments (elite fighting and terror forces of the Red Army). Organizer of the Soviet Air Force, 1926-1931.
Commander of the Soviet Air Force, 1931. Arrested. 1937. Shot on Stalin’s orders.