Month: July 2014

Candy Bombers Chapter 3 and 4


Many people and groups supported Lieutenant Halvorsen’s purpose to give children and their gamilies a piece of sweet to bring them happiness and joy during a devastating period after the Cold War. Some of the groups were the U.S. Air Force, U.S. local schools, the German Youth Association and Non-commissioned Officer’s Wives Club.

In the top picture Lieutenant Halvorsen tossing parachutes with candy to the children. The children have him a nickname, uncle wiggly wings. More people of Berlin became aware of Lieutenant Gail Halvorsen’s candy drops. He became worried about the childten safety since now he would have a large crowd waiting for his candy drops. Lieutenant Halvorsen’s general found out about his Little Vittle project. He feared that he would be punish or even have to resign his position. However, the general support his mission.

Around the same time the Soviet union warned him to stop because he was interfering with Russia’s plan. ┬áHis candy drops were actually banned but he figured out another route to deliver candy this project was named Little Vittles. I never thought that we actually need sugar to survive. I found out the Lieutenant Halvorsen’s candy was needed to survive. Due to the lack of sugar many people began to suffer diseases that made them crippled. polio hospital of West Berlin contacted Lieutenant Halvorsen for a visit and distribution of some candy.

Lieutenant Halvorsen continued with his kind feeds and is well known for his mission for the children.

The picture below is Lieutenant Gail Halvorsen retired from the U.S. Air Force.



Candy Bombers by Michael O. Tunnel: Chapters 1 and 2

I will be reading two books during the summer. This is my first book. This is a non-fiction book during the 1948 to 1949 Berlin Blockage. Russia wanted to block allied access from Germany by trying to control Berlin unnder Soviet Union. The people of Berlin believed that their freedom from the Soviet Union was more important to them than food. The people of Berlin starved to prove a point.

Lieutenant Gail Halvorsen part of the U.S. Air Force. He witnessed how the people but of most concern the children suffered during the Berlin Blockage. I did some further search in my encyclopedia and online and learned a bit more about the Berlin Blockage. Lieutenant Halvorsen admired the people of Berlin’s devotion for their freedom. There were some important encounters with the children that touched Lieutenant Halvorsen such as his July 1948 road trip in a jeep to meet some children and the children in the other side of the Tempelholf Central Airport. He wanted to help the children so he convinced some of his friends from the air force to donate their weekly money to provide food and candy to the children suffering. He drove the C-54 Skymaster cargo planes to make the deliveries.

So far, I’m impressed and very engaged into the story. This is a different type of storyline for me. During my reading I’m learning history and new vocabulary. I barrowed my e-book from the L.A. Public Library. I am waiting for the hard copy too.

Good night.