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Iakov Ivanovich Alksnis

air force commander , Commissar

Iakov Alksnis, USSR Commissar, air force commander.

Background

Alksnis, Iakov was born on January 26, 1897 in Latvia. Son of a peasant.

Education

Educated at Odessa military school, 1917. Graduated from the Frunze Military Academy, 1924.

Career

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.