The Berlin Blockade (24 June 1948 – 12 May 1949) was one of the first major international crises of the Cold War. During the multinational occupation of Post-World-War II Germany, the Soviet Union blocked the Western Allies railway, road, and canal access to the sectors of Berlin under Western control. The Soviets offered to drop the blockade if the Western Allies withdrew the newly introduced Deutsche Mark from West Berlin.
In response, the Western Allies organized the Berlin Airlift/Operation Vittles (26 June 1948 – 30 September 1949) to carry supplies to the people of West Berlin, a difficult feat given the city’s population. Aircrews from the US Air Force, the British Royal Air Force, the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force, and the South African Air Force flew over 200,000 flights in one year, providing to the West Berliners up to 8,893 tons of necessities each day, such as fuel and food.
Farewell Gift Lighter from NCO Club Tempelhof
Souvenir Bracelet from Rhein-Main-Air Base
Airlift Pilot Ring
Airlift Pilot Ring missing the golden Plane in the center!It is engraved the slogan of the Airlift Pilots:
We can fly anything,any time,anywhere!
These rings are numbered!
Berlin Airlift United States Humane Action Medal
Authorized for members of the U.S. Armed Forces on July 20, 1949 for at least 120 days of service while participating in or providing direct support for the Berlin Airlift during the period June 26, 1948 and September 30, 1949.
Royal Air Force Medal and Service Book
Tin Cans from the „Care“-Packages
Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe
Tag for dried potatos made for Berlin air supply
Publications about the Berlin Airlift
Airlift Humor: Set of cartoons done by Sergeant Schuffert during the Berlin Airlift
A Cartoon was a component of the daily newspaper „The Task Force Times“!
Original Parachute from the „Candy-Bombers“
Colonel Gail Seymour „Hal“ Halvorsen pioneered the idea of dropping candy,chocolate bars and bubble gums with handmade miniature parachutes, which later became known as „Operation Little Vittles“.
This one was purchased from an old Lady who had been a child during the Berlin Blockade!
Mechanic Coverall,Dog Tags and Duffle Bag from a member of the US Air Force (Sgt. Stinson) serving on Rhein-Main-Air-Base during Operation Vittles!
Two pages out of a private photoalbum
300 000 people gathered in front of the Rathhaus Schöneberg on Rudolph Wilde Place (today well know as John F. Kennedy Place!) to celebrate the end of the Berlin Blockade!
Hurra!Wir leben noch!
In Memory of the Berlin Airlift