Early in the Berln Airlift, then-Lt. Gail Halvorsen met a group of hungry German children at Tempelhof Airport in Berlin and offered them two sticks of chewing gum, (which was all he had in his pocket at the time). After seeing how much this meant to those children, Gail came up with a crazy idea: to start dropping tiny handkerchief-sized parachutes containing candy and gum out of his plane to the children of Berlin.
The Candy Bomber, Gail Halvorsen, tells his story of the Berlin Airlift. Gail Halvorsen (a.k.a. the Candy Bomber) wanted to help raise the morale of the children during the time of uncertainty and privation of the World War II. Halvorsen started by giving a few treats to children watching the planes from outside the Tempelhof base. A wave of public support led to donations which enabled Halvorsen and his crew to drop 850 pounds of candy.