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By Margot Theis Raven
A actual tale of the Berlin Airlift and the sweet that Dropped from the Sky. lifestyles used to be grim in 1948 West Berlin, Germany. Josef Stalin blockaded all floor routes coming out and in of Berlin to chop off West Berliners from all foodstuff and crucial offers. with no open air support, over 2.2 million humans may die. therefore begun the Berlin Airlift, a humanitarian rescue undertaking 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 in addition gave them a cause to wish for a greater international. From one considerate, beneficiant act got here a lifelong courting among Lt. Gail and the youngsters of Berlin. this can be the real tale of a seven-year-old lady named Mercedes who lived in West Berlin in the course of the Airlift and of the yank who got here to be referred to as the Chocolate Pilot. Artist Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen's evocative paintings...
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Extra info for Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot. A True Story of the Berlin Airlift and the Candy That Dropped from the Sky
Since Berlin sat 110 miles deep within Russia’s territory, Stalin simply had to blockade the roads, railroads, and canal routes coming in and out of the city to cut off West Berliners from food, clothing, heat, and electricity. What could the Allies do? If they freed West Berlin with guns and tanks there would be another world war! , Great Britain, and France to utilize. And so the idea for the incredible sky bridge began. 3 million tons of supplies. This is the same distance as going back and forth between the earth and the moon 130 times!
Mercedes fed each chicken a worm and tried not to cry. She loved her four feathered pets, but Mama would not be happy. Eggs were more precious than gold in West Berlin during the Russian blockade. ” Walking up the bomb-splintered steps to her apartment, Mercedes was sure her white chickens were just too scared of the thundering planes of the airlift to lay their eggs. Night and day they roared overhead like huge silver birds into nearby Tempelhof Air Field to unload their supplies. But Mercedes would never complain about the great soaring grocery stores that everyone called Raisinbombers, because they carried yummy raisins to eat!
The farm, the land, and the animals make great subjects for the artist to paint. Gijsbert felt the best part of working on Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot was meeting Colonel Gail Halvorsen and his gracious wife, Lorraine.
Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot. A True Story of the Berlin Airlift and the Candy That Dropped from the Sky by Margot Theis Raven