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



"Irresistible." -- Booklist (Starred Review)

". . . Tunnell piques readers' interest . . ."-- Horn Book

". . . everything you would want from a book . . . Like a piece of chocolate, once you get your hands on it, you will want to savor it." -- Wrapped in Foil

". . . valuable addition to the growing collection of children's literature on the Cold War." -- BCCB

"This is a real treat . . . Make it a first purchase." -- School Library Journal

"Candy Bomber is my favorite nonfiction book of 2010." -- NC Teacher Stuff

Junior Library Guild Premier Selection

Starred Review, Booklist

Orbis Pictus Honor Book (National Council of Teachers of English)

CCBC Choices 2011 Book (Cooperative Children's Book Center)

Notable Social Studies Trade Book 2011 (National Council for the Social Studies and Children's Book Council)

Young Adult Choices (International Reading Association)

Top Ten Biographies for Youth: 2011 (Booklist)


Just after World War II, U.S. Air Force flyer Gail Halverson dropped candy to sugar-starved children in West Berlin, Germany, using small parachutes.  This occurred during the massive converyance of food and supplies into war-torn West Berlin, known as the Berlin Airlift.


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candy bomber

Lt. Halverson visits with West Berlin children at the end of the runway at Templehof Airport in 1948.



8mm movie footage taken by the Candy Bomber himself, Gail Halvorsen, along with his voice explaining the Berlin Airlift.

West Berlin children perch atop the rubble of war, hoping for candy-laden parachutes to appear in the wake of the cargo planes.

Some of the drawings West Berlin children sent to Lt. Halverson in thanks.

Halverson stands in front of a C-54

cargo plane and holds some of the

larger parachutes used to drop candy

to the children.