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Click on the picture to read a very entertaining interview w/the Berlin candy bomber, Gail Halvorsen, and how the candy bombing started. 91 and still going strong!

Candy Bomber prevents WW III. Gail Halvorsen in 1948. (U.S. Army Photo)

Gail Halvorsen in Berlin 1983 The WWII Candy Bomber

Gail Halvorsen, the Berlin candy bomber, noticed hungry kids always watching him from the side of the airfield. So he tied candybars to handkerchief parachutes and dropped the candies to them. They knew it was him because he wiggled his wings, and they gave him the nickname “Onkel Wackelflügel” --"Uncle Wiggly Wings"


Gail Halvorsen - the "Candy Bomber" of the Berlin Airlift

todaysdocument: Operation Little Vittles In July 1948 Berlin Airlift pilot Gail Halvorsen began handing out and later dropping candy via handkerchief parachutes to the children who had gathered to watch at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport.  With the approval of superiors and the support of confectionery companies, “Operation Little Vittles” was born and “Candy Bombers” and “Raisin Bombers” began dropping care packages to the children of Berlin.


During The Berlin Airlift, Colonel Gail Halvorsen Provided Starving Children With Candy

During The Berlin Airlift, Colonel Gail Halvorsen Made Provided Starving Children With Candy via

Candy "bomber" Gail Halvorsen drops candy bars to Berlin children after the war. (Ben Simonsen)


The Candy Bomber, Col. Gail Halvorsen, speaking at UVU. 9/28/12.