In 2021, the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Heroes of the Soviet Union, the spouses A. F. Solomatin and L. V. Litvyak and S. I. Kharlamov and N. V. Popova, will be celebrated.
Alexey Frolovich Solomatin (1921-1943)-squadron commander of the 296th Fighter Aviation Regiment of the 268th Fighter Aviation Division of the 8th Air Army of the Southern Front, senior lieutenant. By February 1943, A. Solomatin had made 266 sorties, conducted 108 air battles, personally shot down 12 and 15 enemy aircraft in a group. By the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of May 1, 1943, Senior Lieutenant A. F. Solomatin was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union for his courage and bravery in the battles against the Nazi invaders.
Lydia V. Litvyak (1921-1943) — flight commander of the 3rd Squadron of the 73rd Guards Stalingrad Fighter Aviation Regiment of the 6th Guards Don Fighter Aviation Division of the 8th Air Army of the Southern Front, Guards junior lieutenant. Since August 1942, it has made 168 sorties, in 89 air battles shot down personally 11 and as part of a group of 3 enemy aircraft, destroyed 2 spotter balloons. By the decree of the President of the USSR of May 5, 1990, for the courage and heroism shown in the fight against the Nazi invaders, Guards Senior Lieutenant L. V. Litvyak was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.
Lydia Litvyak met Alexey Solomatin, her future husband, in the winter of 1943, when she was transferred to the 296th Aviation Regiment. They were married in March. Their family life consisted of meek meetings between combat missions and did not last long: both died while performing combat missions.
The postage stamps depict A. F. Solomatin and L. V. Litvyak; S. I. Kharlamov and N. V. Popova.
||Format of the Stamp
||Offset + security system
||Comb 12:11 3/4
||50 х 37 mm