Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Road to Berlin Airlift

February 4 - 11, 1945

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin meet at Yalta and confirm a plan to divide both Germany and the city of Berlin into American, British, French and Russian zones.

Did you know? - Berlin Airlift Facts

 During the Berlin Airlift 200 230 415 km (124 420 813 miles) were flown in a total of 277 804 flights.

Friday, January 18, 2019

The Candy Bomber of the Berlin Airlift

Colonel Gail Seymour "Hal"  Halvorsen is a retired officer and command pilot in the United States Air Force. He is best known as the "Berlin Candy Bomber" and gained fame for dropping candy to German children during the Berlin Airlift from 1948 to 1949.

His story directly inspired the Chapter 22 - The Candy Bomber in the historical novel "Eagles Over Berlin".

Here below Tom Brokaw's interview with Gail Halvorsen :

Monday, January 7, 2019

Today in the Life of the Berlin Airlift

January 1949 :

The first American airlift participants begin rotating back to their home bases. The British begin evacuating Berlin children in planes that have unloaded their cargo.