Aeronautics: Lithuanica

The Lithuanian flyers Stephan Darius and Stanley Girenas, who flashed across public consciousness so briefly that few people could repeat their names, were nearly forgotten last week when a horrid rumor grew about their crash at Soldin, Germany, near the Polish border. Every one had accepted the theory that their fuel supply had run out while they were trying to complete their flight from New York to Kovno, Lithuania. But a Lithuanian newspaper hinted that the airplane Lithuanica had been downed by a "death ray" aimed from German soil.

Germany promptly denied it. Then the...

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