Last Tuesday I had a few flights across a setting sun, but managed to regain the plane on the other side. That sure is a scary few moments when it happens. It just so happens that the sun is directly in the LOS for landing when the wind is out of the east. I learned to fly either over the sun or skim the ground under it depending on how high the sun is and bring the plane well past my left shoulder for landing.
Twice nearly wrecked the T-34 while flying it that day, one landing was a touch too short and hit the dirt 1 foot from the grass. My Kadet landed on the numbers so to say, and landed square on all wheels with a thunk. Thought I had broken it again. From now on I wait until the sun is just a few inches above the horizon before I attempt to land from that direction, that way I can land normally without losing it.