Saturday, June 13, 2009

CANDY BOMBERS; Museum of Flight Pt. 2

During World War II Soviet troops formed a blockade around West Berlin on land and sea. This blockade restricted food and other necessities to residents. It was the Soviets intent to starve the population.
In retaliation, American pilots dropped food rations into Germany so that occupants wouldn’t starve.

Impressed with the warmness and kindness of the Berlin children, Col. Gail Halvorsen began tying candy into a handkerchief shaping it like a parachute. He would then release the candy parachutes to the children from his plane .
He was given the name, Uncle Wiggle Wings by the children. Before dropping the candy parachutes he would wiggle the wings of his plane to identify himself to the children. Eventually, fellow pilots joined Halvorsen as candy bombers.

Letters Berlin children wrote to the Candy Bombers.

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