Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day


4 days after the liberation of Paris


Gail Halverson, the first Rosinenbomber (candy bomber) during the Berlin Airlift.
Halvorsen started by giving a few treats to children watching the planes from outside the Tempelhof base. Wanting to give more, he promised to drop more candy from his plane the next day. Because the planes would arrive every 90 seconds, the children naturally couldn't distinguish his aircraft from the others. However, Halvorsen promised to wiggle the wings to identify himself, which led to his nickname "Onkel Wackelflügel" ("Uncle Wiggly Wings"). A wave of public support led to donations which enabled Halvorsen and his crew to drop 850 pounds of candy. By the end of the airlift, around 25 plane crews had dropped 23 tons of chocolate, chewing gum, and other candies over various places in Berlin.--from Wikipedia


  1. great images! love the troops shot


  2. Love these pictures. Having grown up in Berlin the Rosinenbomber stories are very dear to me. Beautiful blog!


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