history meme | ten moments ∙ the berlin candy bombings

In June 1948, Russia laid siege to Berlin, cutting off the flow of food and supplies over highways into the city. More than two million people faced economic collapse and starvation. The Americans, English, and French began a massive airlift to bring sustenance to the city and to thwart the Russian siege.

Gail Halvorsen was one of hundreds of U.S. pilots involved in the airlift. While in Berlin, he met a group of children standing by the airport watching the incoming planes. Though they hadn’t asked for candy, he was impressed to share with them the two sticks of gum he had in his possession. Seeing how thrilled they were by this gesture, he promised to drop more candy to them the next time he flew to the area.

True to his word, as he flew in the next day, he wiggled the wings of his plane to identify himself, then dropped several small bundles of candy using parachutes crafted from handkerchiefs to slow their fall. Local newspapers picked up the story. Suddenly, letters addressed to “Uncle Wiggly Wings” began to arrive as the children requested candy drops in other areas of the city. [x]

  1. absolutelyinawe reblogged this from noahhsshaw
  2. noahhsshaw reblogged this from lucreza
  3. margaerietyrell reblogged this from narcissvs
  4. shakuskymegan reblogged this from narcissvs
  5. theteenwonder reblogged this from narcissvs
  6. mademoiselledisage reblogged this from narcissvs
  7. narcissvs reblogged this from snansa
  8. etherealkate reblogged this from lucreza
  9. thiswomanwageswar reblogged this from tanaquil
  10. inscottsarms reblogged this from tanaquil
  11. eschecter reblogged this from tanaquil
  12. imakemywings reblogged this from tanaquil
  13. historymuffin reblogged this from tanaquil
  14. tanaquil reblogged this from snansa
  15. snansa reblogged this from petyrbaleish
  16. petyrbaleish reblogged this from lucreza
  17. haus-lalonde reblogged this from nothalfsocurious
  18. nothalfsocurious reblogged this from lucreza
  19. theprettyuglymonster reblogged this from lucreza
  20. innanzituttoticalmi reblogged this from goldandivory
  21. viperpilott reblogged this from mcgregorewan
  22. whoa-obsessedmuch reblogged this from willgrahmish
  23. mcgregorewan reblogged this from willgrahmish
  24. willgrahmish reblogged this from lucreza
  25. notchiara reblogged this from nephthysian
  26. nephthysian reblogged this from goldandivory
  27. allthekoalafications reblogged this from goldandivory
  28. gazelle-legs reblogged this from tonyfoyles
  29. beccapunk reblogged this from goldandivory
  30. intrepideux reblogged this from goldandivory
llmns