This year marks the 80th anniversary of Darius and Girenas transatlantic flight. To commemorate this historical event, Lithuania Post released a new stamp on the theme The 80th Anniversary of S.Darius and S.Girenas Transatlantic Flight.
The stamp commemorating the flight with the aircraft Lituanica made by S.Darius and S.Girenas has been designed by the painter Arunas Banionis.
On 15 July 1933, 6:24 a.m., the pilots took off from Floyd Bennett Field in New York. The aircraft was supposed to arrive at Kaunas on 17 July, 2-3 a.m. About 25 thousand citizens gathered at Kaunas Aleksotas Airport to meet the national heroes.
Having crossed the Atlantic, due to adverse weather conditions over Ireland, S.Darius and S.Girenas turned to the North and took the course to Germany via Scotland and the North Sea. While in flight over Berlinchen, the aircraft got caught in the treetops and crashed by the village of Kuhdamm, near Soldin (now the village of Pszczelnik, Poland).
S.Darius and S.Girenas carried mail from the USA. After the crash, a bag with letters was brought from Soldin to Kaunas. To honour the pilots, these letters in Kaunas Main Post Office were marked by the special cancellation Nugaleję Atlantą zuvo Lietuvos garbei (literary translation: having conquered the Atlantics, died in honour of Lithuania).