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.
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.