Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift's

Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot"

by Michael O. Tunnell
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Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot" 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Rainy1954 More than 1 year ago
I felt the book was very moving. It really had the human element about WWII that is often missing in the battles that are fought. This story about the Berlin airlift I had never heard before. I especially liked that the pilot found kids were kids even in a war torn country. We are all just people. I would highly recommend reading it as an adult or a child. It would be a great read aloud book for a classroom and for a family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A captivating true story, The Candy Bomber tells of the berlin airlift and Lt. Gail Halvorsen's part in it. A must read for all ages.
Sandy5 4 months ago
I had never heard of the Candy Bombers before so when I heard about this, I knew I had to read more about it. The idea of the Candy Bombers occurred after WWII when Berlin was divided amongst different countries and an American pilot decided to take matters into his own hands. This one individual started a movement, a movement to bring some happiness to the children in the area. His one small act touched the lives of many. In this novel, you get the full story. The author explains the division of Germany after WWII, the strategies that the Russians were creating to push other countries out of Germany and how these countries fought back. Gail Halvorsen was one of the pilots who fought against these plans and he flew supplies into West Berlin. One day while taking a side trip, Gail noticed some German children watching him from behind a wire fence. He had visited some sites in Germany and had returned to the runaway. He thought the children would be curious about the plane but these children had other concerns and stories to talk about. The children spoke freely and Gail listened. The war had been hard on these children but now, the life that they were living was just as hard. Gail was moved by these children and he knew he had to do something. Returning back to base, Gail sought out help from his crew and soon donations of candy and parachutes which were made from handkerchiefs were being dropped from his plane to children throughout different parts of Germany. This was a fabulous story! I enjoyed reading how Operation Little Vittles started out with donations from his crew and then grew to a much bigger operation. What a sight that had to be, to see those parachutes coming out of the sky with little bits of treats attached to them. This story warmed my heart and to think that one individual started it because he cared. The book contains many black-and-white photos taken from this time period which was a fantastic bonus. This really is a wonderful novel to read and one that I highly recommend.
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In the firt chapter i couldent stop reading and its a charlemay simon book to
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks good
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