Gail Halvorsen, the Berlin candy bomber, noticed hungry kids always watching him from the side of the airfield. So he tied candybars to handkerchief parachutes and dropped the candies to them. They knew it was him because he wiggled his wings, and they gave him the nickname “Onkel Wackelflügel” --"Uncle Wiggly Wings"
Gail Halvorsen - known as the original Candy Bomber or "Rosinenbomber". He would drop candy attached to parachutes to children below. Dubbed Operation Little Vittles he wanted to help raise the morale of the children during the time of uncertainty and privation. By the end of the airlift, around 25 plane crews had dropped 23 tons of chocolate, chewing gum, and other candies over various places in Berlin.
This is the true story of seven-year-old Mercedes, a girl living in West Berlin during the Airlift, and Lt. Gail S. Halvorsen, a pilot who would drop nourishment and supplies to the children below. The book’s youthful tone and evocative paintings help portray life in 1948 Germany.
Gail Halvorsen's candy bombing over Berlin garnered attention in the US, and both the Confectioners Association of America and schoolkids chipped in to get candybars and gum to starving kids in Berlin. By the end of "Operation Little Vittles", Gail had dropped over 23 tons of chocolate & candies to the Berlin kids below.