‘Candy Bomber’ who dropped sweets during Berlin airlift dies – Associated Press February 17, 2022

I saw this recently on Associated Press – ‘Candy Bomber’ who dropped sweets during Berlin airlift dies: https://apnews.com/article/europe-utah-world-war-ii-berlin-blockades-fab750bae8de282e8ea2edce8b65b317. Longer article. Here’s his Find-A-Grave memorial: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/236830588/gail-seymour-halvorsen.

By COLLEEN SLEVIN and KIRSTEN GRIESHABER February 17, 2022

DENVER (AP) — U.S. military pilot Gail S. Halvorsen — known as the “Candy Bomber” for his candy airdrops during the Berlin airlift after World War II ended — has died at age 101.

Halvorsen died Wednesday following a brief illness in his home state of Utah, surrounded by most of his children, James Stewart, the director of the Gail S. Halvorsen Aviation Education Foundation, said Thursday.

Halvorsen was beloved and venerated in Berlin, which he last visited in 2019 when the city celebrated the 70th anniversary of the day the Soviets lifted their post-World War II blockade cutting off supplies to West Berlin with a big party at the former Tempelhof airport in the German capital.

–snip–

About Wichita Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's collaborateDealspotr.com
This entry was posted in Bloggers, Cemetery, Military History and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.