The source for primary material on Gail Halvorsen, The Candy Bomber, Operation Little Vittles, and other information regarding the Berlin Air Lift

The source for primary material on Gail Halvorsen, The Candy Bomber, Operation Little Vittles, and other information regarding the Berlin Air Lift

Tenente Gail Halvorsen

Tenente Gail Halvorsen

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

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

Gail Halvorsen, a.k.a. The Candy Bomber, or Uncle Wiggly Wings. He and his crew dropped 850 tons of candy over Germany 1948-1949.

Gail Halvorsen, a.k.a. The Candy Bomber, or Uncle Wiggly Wings. He and his crew dropped 850 tons of candy over Germany 1948-1949.

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During World War II Gail Halvorsen dropped candy to the children in Germany.  He was the original Candy Bomber.

During World War II Gail Halvorsen dropped candy to the children in Germany. He was the original Candy Bomber.

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Gail Halvorsen “the candy bomber” greeting children in the then isolated West Berlin 1948-49 after dropping candy from the air in tiny parachutes

Gail Halvorsen “the candy bomber” greeting children in the then isolated West Berlin 1948-49 after dropping candy from the air in tiny parachutes

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

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

Early in the Berln Airlift, then-Lt. Gail Halvorsen met a group of hungry German children at Tempelhof Airport in Berlin and offered them two sticks of chewing gum, (which was all he had in his pocket at the time).    After seeing how much this meant to those children, Gail came up with a crazy idea: to start dropping tiny handkerchief-sized parachutes containing candy and gum out of his plane to the children of Berlin.

Early in the Berln Airlift, then-Lt. Gail Halvorsen met a group of hungry German children at Tempelhof Airport in Berlin and offered them two sticks of chewing gum, (which was all he had in his pocket at the time). After seeing how much this meant to those children, Gail came up with a crazy idea: to start dropping tiny handkerchief-sized parachutes containing candy and gum out of his plane to the children of Berlin.

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The Candy Bomber, Gail Halvorsen, tells his story of the Berlin Airlift. Gail Halvorsen (a.k.a. the Candy Bomber) wanted to help raise the morale of the children during the time of uncertainty and privation of the World War II. Halvorsen started by giving a few treats to children watching the planes from outside the Tempelhof base. A wave of public support led to donations which enabled Halvorsen and his crew to drop 850 pounds of candy.

The Candy Bomber, Gail Halvorsen, tells his story of the Berlin Airlift. Gail Halvorsen (a.k.a. the Candy Bomber) wanted to help raise the morale of the children during the time of uncertainty and privation of the World War II. Halvorsen started by giving a few treats to children watching the planes from outside the Tempelhof base. A wave of public support led to donations which enabled Halvorsen and his crew to drop 850 pounds of candy.

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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.

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.

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