Berlin Airlift By, lily WILLIAmSON

The Berlin Airlift took place in 1948 to 1949. Germany was divided up according to the countries that overruled it. The Soviet Union took the Eastern part of Germany. France, Great Britain, and The United States overruled the Western part of the country.

While the Soviet Union was trying to starve out Great Britain and France, the United States sent supplies over to them. This was known as the Berlin Airlift. Lt. William H. Turned directed the Berlin Airlift process. This was a daunting task for the United States because Berlin had only two airports. They used C-47 aircraft to carry the supplies. 80 tons of supplies were flown the first day.

Operation Little Vittles was one operation. Lieutenant Gail Halvorsen was known as “The Candy Bomber”. The Lieutenant joined the Army Air Corps in World War 2. During World War 2 he spent his tie ferrying planes in Great Britain, Italy, and North Africa. During Operation Little Vittles, He was flying, and he saw kids begging for candy through the barbed wire. He told them he would wiggle his wings when he was about to land. He did this to let them know he would bring them candy. After he brought them candy, he received mail addressed to “Chocolate Flier” and “Uncle Wiggly Wings”. 31 Americans died in this operation.

These are two declassified documents of the Berlin Airlift.

While our troops are overseas, they were not as far away from American traditions and celebrations. On December 20 1948, Operation Santa Claus brought gifts for over 10,000 children in Germany. On Christmas Eve, Bob Hope traveled to Berlin to sing for American soldiers.

Consequences of the Berlin Airlift

One consequence to the Berlin Airlift is NATO was formed. NATO was formed of the least communist countries in Europe plus The United States.

Important notes


The Berlin Airlift lasted fifteen months. The Berlin Airlift was directed by Lieutenant William H. Turner. Operation Little Vittles was one operation that was used in the airlift. The United States lost 31 lives. In just over six months 170,000 tons of supplies had been airlifted. By February 18 (7 months), there had been over 1 million tons of supplies airlifted.


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