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Happy #NationalChocolateDay!

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OPERATION VITTLES  Series: Moving Images Relating to Military Activities, 1947 – 1964.Record Group 111: Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1860 – 1985

In July 1948 during the Berlin Airlift,  Air Force pilot Gail Halvorsen began handing out and later dropping candy via handkerchief parachutes to the children who had gathered to watch at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport.  With the approval of superiors and the support of confectionery companies, “Operation Little Vittles” was born and “Candy Bombers” and “Raisin Bombers” began dropping care packages to the children of Berlin.

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