These facts were condensed from an excellent article written by Charles D. Bright, Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Air Force, 1992
and Raisin Bomber. Here is his tale:
Col. Gail Halverson, "The Candy Bomber" from World War 2, drops candy for children from Noah Webster Academy on Friday, May 9, 2008. Halverson dropped similar tiny parachutes to the children of West-Berlin in 1948 during the Berlin Air Lift and now travels the world reenacting his original candy bombings. Adriana Tout learns how to tie candy to a handkerchief parachute from Retired Col. Gail Halvorsen March 22, 2008 during an open house at Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico. Colonel Halvorsen, also known as the Berlin Candy Bomber, flew C-54 Skymasters during the Berlin Airlift and parachuted candy to children from his airplane. Adriana, 8, is a Ramey School third grader. This was Colonel Halvorsen's first return to what was once Ramey Air Force Base since 1949, when he flew C-54 missions from Puerto Rico to South America. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ben Gonzales)
Order the book by Col. Halvorsen. I have it and it's great reading.
How to Order
The book can be obtained from Gail S. Halvorsen,19 E Southfield Road, Spanish Fork Utah 84660 ( 1 many--mid December each year) and 1525 Dove Way, Amado, AZ 85645 (mid December--30 April) , for $20.00 The first edition, published in 1990, was sold out and it was just republished in September 1997 with a new chapter of 28 pages and photos. Indicate in your reply that you are responding to this page and a donation of one dollar will be made by the author, on the sale of each book, to each of the following organizations: Berlin Airlift Veterans Association, the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation and the Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. This offer is limited to the first 1400 books.