The Candy Bomber

Renee Fleming - Christmas in New YorkTo children living in the rubble of post-war Germany, it was candy from heaven. Some saw it as a sign that somebody in America cared about them.

To Gail “Hal” Halvorsen, who became known worldwide as the Candy Bomber, the Berlin Airlift was the healing balm on the wounds of war.

The British, American and French Air forces delivered 2.3 million tons of life-giving supplies on the ground at the three West Berlin airports.

There were 277,569 flights over 16 months. Gail and his Air force buddies dropped 20 tons of treats on handkerchief parachutes and delivered 6,500 pounds of chocolate bars to the 1948 West Berlin children's Christmas parties on the ground.

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