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Herberts Cukurs

Aviator

Herberts Cukurs (May 17, 1900, in Liepāja, Courland Governorate, Russian Empire – February 23, 1965, in Montevideo, Uruguay) was a Latvian aviator. He was a member of the notorious Arajs Kommando and was involved in murders of Latvian Jews as part of the Holocaust but he never stood trial. There are eyewitness accounts linking Cukurs to war crimes. He was assassinated by Mossad agents in 1965. As a result of actions during the occupation of Latvia from 1941 to 1944, Cukurs became known as the "Butcher of Riga". As a pioneering long-distance pilot, he won national acclaim for his international solo flights in the 1930s (Latvia-Gambia and Riga-Tokyo). He was awarded the Harmon Trophy for Latvia in 1933. Cukurs built at least 3 planes of his own design. In 1937 he made a 45,000-kilometre (24,000 nmi; 28,000 mi) tour visiting Japan, China, Indochina, India and Russia, flying the C 6 wooden monoplane "Trīs zvaigznes" (callsign YL-ABA) of his own creation. The plane was powered by an 135 hp de Havilland Gipsy engine. He also designed the Cukurs C-6bis prototype dive bomber in 1940. During the occupation of Latvia by Nazi Germany in the summer of 1941, Cukurs became a member the notorious  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1900-05-17
Place of birth
Liepāja
Profession
Aviator

Death

Date of death
1965-02-23
Cause of death
Assassination
Place of death
Montevideo

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