Gail Halvorsen, Uncle Wiggly Wings. In June 1948, Russia sieged to Berlin, cutting off their flow of food and supplies. People faced economic collapse and starvation. The Allies began an airlift to bring sustenance to the city and to thwart the siege. Halvorsen was one of U.S. pilots involved in the airlift and the original one doing the candy dropsto the children from his plane.
Gail Halvorsen - the "Candy Bomber" of the Berlin Airlift
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"
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.