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By Margot Theis Raven

A precise tale of the Berlin Airlift and the sweet that Dropped from the Sky. lifestyles was once grim in 1948 West Berlin, Germany. Josef Stalin blockaded all flooring routes coming out and in of Berlin to chop off West Berliners from all nutrition and crucial offers. with out outdoor aid, over 2.2 million humans might die. hence all started the Berlin Airlift, a humanitarian rescue project that applied British and American airplanes and pilots to fly in wanted provides. As one of many American pilots partaking within the Airlift project, Lt. Gail S. Halvorsen helped to supply not just nourishment to the kids but additionally gave them a cause to pray for a greater international. From one considerate, beneficiant act got here a lifelong dating among Lt. Gail and the youngsters of Berlin. this is often the genuine tale of a seven-year-old woman named Mercedes who lived in West Berlin throughout the Airlift and of the yankee who got here to be referred to as the Chocolate Pilot. Artist Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen's evocative paintings...

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4. Air pilots. Military—United States—Biography—Juvenile literature. 5. Simon, Mercedes—Juvenile literature. 6. Girls— Germany—Berlin—Biography—Juvenile literature. [1. Berlin (Germany)—History—Blockade, 1948-1949—Juvenile literature. 2. Halvorsen, Gail S. 3. Simon, Mercedes. 4. United States. Air Force. Military Airlift Command—Biography. 5. Air Pilots, Military 6. World War, 1939-1945—Germany. 7. ] 1. Title. 1550874—dc21 2002001887 Additional letters and first-hand accounts of the Chocolate Pilot can be found in his book, The Berlin Candy Bomber.

No candy had rained down yet—maybe he had stopped looking for the chickens! PLEASE don’t forget me, Mercedes whispered to the white sky above. Frau Simon saw the troubled look on Mercedes’s face. She squeezed her little hand with love, but said nothing. But once inside their apartment at 15 Hahnelstrasse, Frau Simon couldn’t wait to give Mercedes the surprise that had come for her earlier that day. It was a package mailed from Tempelhof Air Field, all neatly wrapped in brown paper and tied with string.

Pink bubble gum too! And Life Saver rolls, colored like the rainbow! Her Chocolate Pilot had found her at last! Mercedes saw Mama blinking back happy tears. She gave her a thick chocolate bar to eat, and chose a creamy bar with nuts and caramel nougat for herself. She slipped off its wrapper and peeled back the silver foil. Little by little, she bit into the dark sweetness, letting the smooth taste melt away on her tongue. With each silky bite, she closed her eyes for a second as if she had just tasted heaven.

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