Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift's
Charlesbridge, 2010 (2010)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
I had so much fun on my first drop of chocolate to the Berlin children. When I flew over the airport I could see the children down below. I wiggled my wings and the little group went crazy. I can still see their arms in the air, waving at me. I was able to give them a little candy and a little hope, but they were able to fill me up with so much more,
' writes Gail Halvorsen in the prologue to this book.
alvorsen, a young pilot flying a C-54 into Berlin's Tempelhof airport as part of the famous airlift in 1948-49, became known as Uncle Wiggly Wings, because he always wiggled his plane's wings before he dropped candy and gum to the children below.
is compassion and private mission to give the youngsters of the war torn city a little happiness blossomed into the U.S. Air Force's Operation Little Vittles which involved a number of pilots dropping parachutes of candy and other donated goods to the Berliners.
his well illustrated book explains how the operation grew and how those involved in the air and on the ground never forgot these special auxiliary airdrops that are often overlooked in the general history of the Berlin Airlift.
Junior Library Guild Selection, this fascinating book is aimed at youngsters age nine and older. It not only offers a way to interest youngsters in learning more about history and World War II, but it also shows the after effects of the event and how it still touched the participants' lives years after the airlift ended.
any adults will also find this an interesting story and one they were not probably aware of. The fact that Gail Halvorsen collaborated with the author and shared his letters and photos makes this book all the better. His willingness to share enabled Michael Tunnell to craft a very compelling and heartfelt story.
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