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Royal Air Force Museum American Foundation honors Berlin Airlift veterans
Then-Lt. Gail S. Halvorsen was so impressed by a group of polite German youngsters watching Berlin Airlift operations from outside the fence of the Tempelhof airdrome, he promised to drop candy to them. He used handkerchiefs and scraps of cloth as miniature parachutes, and word of his personal humanitarian mission spread to the United States. Halvorsen, who earned the nickname “Candy Bomber,” received the 1948 Cheney Award in recognition of his action. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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