Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot”
Author Michael O. Tunnell
After World War II the United States and Britain airlifted food and supplies into Russian-blockaded West Berlin. U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Gail Halvorsen knew the children of the city were suffering. To lift their spirits, he began dropping chocolate and gum by parachute. Michael O. Tunnell tells an inspiring tale of candy and courage, illustrated with Lt. Halvorsen’s personal photographs, as well as letters and drawings from the children of Berlin to their beloved “Uncle Wiggly Wings.”
District 118 will join Halvorsen on his journey with the turning of each page. Students, parents, staff and community members are all invited to embark on this expedition. Read by yourself, with your family, or follow along with our chapter podcasts as we come together in search of the ultimate answer.
To begin your journey, visit our blog for everything you’ll need. This extensive blog contains: book order forms, registration information, schedules, special activities, discussion questions, chapter podcasts, and an overview of our culminating event.
On the evening of February 4, 2013, our journey will conclude. All are invited to gather at Palos South Middle School to celebrate our quest together and demonstrate what each of us has learned along the way.