Kurt Grosschopff
Bold Rescue Operation: Mario Stoppani salvaged from burning seaplane

In Memory of Captain Kurt Grosschopff

On February 2, 1938 he and his crew saved the live of Italian pilot Mario Stoppani in a spectacular rescue operation.


February 2, 1938

Discover How Mails got Delivered Around 1930

Mail Services Across the Atlantic Ocean

Discover the daring era when Deutsche Luft Hansa flew across the vast Atlantic! Partnering with liners like “Bremen” and “Europa” in the north, and collaborating with “Hamburg Süd” in the south, Luft Hansa navigated challenges, even resorting to catapult starts from ships.

Italian & German Crew

Meet The Crews of


Mario Stoppani

Before the crash, Mario Stoppani and his crew established a new flight record.


Kurt Grosschopff

Kurt Grosschopff and his crew landed their Dornier Wal flying boat close-by.

Mario Stoppani’s flight back to Italy was cut short due to engine problems. After a failed return, the plane crashed into the sea and caught fire. 3  crew members and the passenger did not survive. Mario Stoppani was the sole survivor.

Picture Credits

This picture of Mario Stoppani appeared in many different newspapers.