Candy 'Bomb' in 1949

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Candy 'Bomb' in 1949 - Candy 'Bomb' Finale Due German Kids WIESBADEN,...
Candy 'Bomb' Finale Due German Kids WIESBADEN, Germany, Oct. 14 (Reuters)—Thousands of German and refugee children in west Germany are looking forward eagerly to being "bombed" by a four- motored American plane next week. The missiles, candy and chocolate bars, will be dropped on tiny parachutes during the final mission of the little vittles candy operation. This was begun on July 20 by Lt. Gale S. Halverson, 27, Garland, Utah, when he was an air lift pilot. Halve.rson Flew Ship The plane, nicknamed the "Candy Bomber," is the ship from which Lt. Halverson first dropped his chocolate ration to children of western Berlin in handkerchief parachutes during Russian blockade of the city. The children promptly dubbed him "Uncle Sam" and "Capt. American" for his kindness. On its final missions, which will be flown Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, the "Candy Bomber" will be piloted by Lt. Halverson's 'successor, Capt. Eugent T. Wil- | i8m , L ' Beach Cal . All Tons of Candy the "ammunition" will be supplied by eight American cities already have contributed more five tons of candy for the operation. Each of the 11 receive about 7000 bars by parachute. saint or Little Vittles." One "target" will be the home of Dorothy Grodger, bedridden invalid who has been nicknamed "the Another is a farming town inhabited largely by Czechs who migrated to the United States after World War I and who have been assisting displaced persons with food and money.

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  1. The Salt Lake Tribune,
  2. 15 Oct 1949, Sat,
  3. Page 3

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