Lithuanian National Guard (Pre-WW2)

Operator Profile


Narrative Summary

Founded in 1919, the Lithuanian Riflemen’s Union (Lietuvos Šaulių Sąjunga), or LRU, was a a nationalistic paramilitary organisation. It’s main purpose was to train citizens in the military arts, and to provide trained people for the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

In 1938 the Union formed an aviation section, which used gliders and single-engined light aircraft to provide air experience flights and basic pilot training to potential recruits of the Air Force. The organisation was disbanded following the Soviet invasion in 1940.

Key Dates

Key Dates:
27 June 1919    LRU officially established
1938    Aviation section first established
June 1940    LRU disbanded by Soviet occupiers

Current Status

Not applicable.

Future Plans

Not applicable.


National Insignia

Powered LRU aircraft carried a distinctive shield featuring the Lithuanian Cross on the fin. The gliders do not appear to carry national markings.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

LRU aircraft carried single-digit numerical serial numbers, e.g. Klemm Kl-35 ‘2’ (black). These numbers were sequentially allocated as aircraft were acquired.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.


Main Headquarters


Organisational Structure

All aircraft were based at ??.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

More Information


Lithuanian Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.


To be added.


Lithuanian Riflemen’s Union

Lietuvos Aviacijos Istorija 1919 – 1940

World Air Forces: Lithuania

All-Time Aircraft Used List
Lithuanian National Guard (Pre-WW2)

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Klemm Kl 35 3 1938 1940 Germany
Piper J.3 Cub 1 1939 1940 United States
Taylorcraft Cub 1 1938 1940 United States

(Glider types to be added).

Additional information is welcome