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  • - [Voiceover] At the end of World War II,

  • the Soviets were holding Berlin under siege.

  • In order to save millions of people from starvation,

  • the US and Allies devised a plan to airlift in food.

  • One American pilot decided to take it a step further.

  • He delivered candy.

  • - My name is Gail Halvorsen,

  • but I'm known as the Berlin Candy Bomber.

  • I didn't think that the airlift would last very long,

  • so I thought, I'd better get a movie in, of this operation

  • before they send me home.

  • - [Voiceover] One day,

  • while filming the planes taking off and landing,

  • Gail became aware

  • that there were some young children watching him.

  • He went over to talk to them, and after a while,

  • he realized...

  • - “Dummy, don't you know kids like chocolate?”

  • And I knew that they had not had chocolate

  • in the stores in Berlin for two years.

  • And I reached in my pocket,

  • and all I had was two sticks of Wrigley's Doublemint gum.

  • I broke the two sticks in half, gave it to the kids.

  • And the kids with half a stick

  • tore off the wrapper into thin strips

  • and passed it to those without gum.

  • Those who had received the wrappers put it at their nose

  • and smelled a piece of wrapper.

  • - [Voiceover] Inspired by their generosity,

  • he decided that next flight,

  • he would drop them chocolate and candy

  • via parachute from the plane.

  • - [Gail] They said,

  • "How do we know what airplane you're in?"

  • And so I said, “When I come over the airfield,

  • I'll wiggle the wings of that big airplane.”

  • They said, "Oh, great."

  • - [Voiceover] True to his word, the next day

  • Gail began to drop the packages.

  • What started with just two sticks of gum

  • eventually turned into 23 tons of chocolate.

  • - From then on, I was known in the press

  • and all the kids in Berlin, “that's Uncle Wiggly Wings.”

  • - [Voiceover] And in case you wondering

  • if the Candy Bomber still has a sweet tooth...

  • - Oh, yeah, I still eat chocolate.

  • I like dark chocolate.

  • (upbeat music)

- [Voiceover] At the end of World War II,

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The WWII Bomber Who Dropped Chocolate Over Germany

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