The highest title of the Hero of the Soviet Union was founded 40 years ago.?
Pan along news cuttings - (from Pravda) - heros of the Soviet Union. Tilt down to read about members of Arctic Expedition.
(Film shot in 1936). the "Chelyuskin" on ice.
LV mast of ship blows down ship heels over onto ice, figures rush around.
LS plane takes off (3 shots)
CU Lyapidevsky waving in joy.
LS plane lands on ice.
LS baggage loaded.
LS men climb into plane.
MV 3 men walking away from plane on ice.
LS plane takes off.
GV figures wave goodbye
CUs of Lyapidevsky. Levanesky, Molokov, Krananin, Vodopyanov, Doronia, & Slepnev.
Travelling shot - GV crowds welcoming heros home.
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Background: The highest title of the Hero of the Soviet Union was founded 40 years ago. In 1934 members of the Arctic expedition led by Schmidt disembarked on ice. On the 13th of February the "Chelyuskin" was crushed by ice. Best Polar pilots of the country flew to their rescue. After 28 attempts the first to land in the Schmidt Camp was Lyapidevsky. In those years no-one dared to fly in the Arctics in winter conditions. Soviet pilots were the first to accomplish this. The first titles of the Hero of the Soviet Union were then awarded to pilots Lyapidesky, Levanevsky, Molokov, Kamamin, Vodopyanov, Doronin, Slepnev. The country greeted with enthusiasm the legendayr heroes. After the Chelyuskin epopee over 12,000 people have been awarded the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union.