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Operation “Little Vittles”

On the 65th anniversary of the end of the Berlin Airlift on September 30, 1949, here’s a look back at the Airlift’s younger sibling, “Operation Little Vittles.”

Excerpted from: BERLIN AIRLIFT (EDITED FOOTAGE) - “THE BRIDGE” ; BERLIN AIRLIFT (EDITED FOOTAGE) “LITTLE VITTLES”, 04/19/1949

In July 1948 Berlin Airlift pilot Gail Halvorsen began handing out and later dropping candy via handkerchief parachutes to the children who had gathered to watch at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport.  With the approval of superiors and the support of confectionery companies, “Operation Little Vittles” was born and “Candy Bombers” and “Raisin Bombers” began dropping care packages to the children of Berlin.

(via npr)

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