Skin 4k CM-260 by Antonio Arias 4ªsquadron.Spanish Civil War
This is what I found of his life as a pilot
He was born in Madrid on April 29, 1915.
From a humble family, he combines his work with the night school, enters to work in the newspaper ABC like typographer worker, participates actively in the revolution of October of 1934, reason why was imprisoned, being amnestiado after the elections of February of 1936.
When the civil war broke out, it was incorporated into the militias that armed the failed military uprising in Madrid, participating later in the fighting in the Sierra de Madrid.
In November it is aimed to participate in a course of pilots, still convalescing of the wounds suffered in the combats of Madrid. After the tests he is part of the first contingent of students trained in Kirovabad, returning to Spain in June, where he carries out trainings in El Carmolí.
In August passes destined to the 1st Squadron that is being reorganized in Liria. In November he joins the 4th squadron sent by Manuel Zarauza, a squadron that he sent to command in July of 1938.
It reached the rank of captain and fought until February of 1939, date in which is forced to happen to France along with the rest of the Republican Army of Catalonia.
Interned by the French in the concentration camps of Argelés and Gurs, emigrated to the USSR in August of 1939, there he works as a mechanic in the factory of tractors of Kharkov.
World War II surprised him in Moscow where he studied, joining the Soviet Army along with another group of Spaniards. Participates in the defense of Moscow as pilot of the 1st Air Brigade.
In June of 1942 passes to a regiment emplaced in the city of Vologda, in which it would fight like squadron head until the end of the War.
In 1948 he graduated from the Army and moved to Minsk, returning to Spain in 1990
It is estimated that between the Spanish Civil War and the Great Patriotic War in the USSR, the Spanish pilot Arias participated in a total of 154 air combats. He was never knocked down.
Edited by E69_julian57, 21 October 2017 - 11:50.