The Berlin Candy Bomber

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The Berlin Candy Bomber

by Gail Halvorsen, Foreword by Gerald R. Molen

  • Table of Contents
  • 1- Survival
  • 2- The Quest for Flight
  • 3- Blockade Storm Clouds
  • 4- Off to Rhein-Main
  • 5- The First Corridor Flight
  • 6- Aerodromes, Airplanes, People, and Politics
  • 7- Flight Experiences in the Corridors
  • 8- Cultural Shock
  • 9- Anticipating the End
  • 10- Little Things Mean a Lot
  • 11- The Commitment
  • 12- Operation Little Vittles


The war was over, but Berlin’s children were still suffering. Discover how two sticks of gum and one generous young pilot started a movement that spanned the globe and became a symbol of kindness and compassion. Now, seventy years later, Germany still remembers the Berlin Candy Bomber. This special anniversary edition of his story features a foreword by Academy Awardwinning producer of Schindler’s List, Gerald R. Molen.

Contributor Bio

Gail S. Halvorsen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and grew up on small farms in Utah and Idaho. He earned a private pilot license under the noncollege Civilian Pilot Training Program in September 1941. Almost concurrently, Gail joined the Civil Air Patrol as a pilot. He joined the United States Army Air Corps in June 1942. After receiving fighter pilot training with the Royal Air Force, he was assigned flight duty in the South Atlantic Theater. After World War II, he flew in the Berlin Airlift, where he became known as “Uncle Wiggly Wings,” the “Chocolate Flyer,” and the “Berlin Candy Bomber.” In 1952, he earned a masters degree in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. In 1973, he earned a second masters degree in counseling and guidance through a Wayne State “On Base” education program. He worked for the U.S. Air Force for most of his life, retiring in 1974 with over 8,000 flying hours. He has received numerous Air Force decorations, as well as many other awards and honors in his lifetime. He married Alta Jolley in 1949 and raised a family with her. After she passed away in 1999, he married Lorraine Pace. The couple currently lives in Orem, Utah. Author Residence: Orem, UT

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