Berlin Airlift Memorabilia

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.

DSC08157 DSC08158Cigarette Case

DSC08174DSC08172Gun-Shaped Lighter

DSC08177Airlift-Monument Lighter

DSC08205 DSC08206 DSC08180Farewell Gift Lighter from NCO Club Tempelhof

DSC08175DSC08176Souvenir Bracelet from Rhein-Main-Air Base

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Airlift Pilot Ring

DSC08203DSC08204DSC08169Airlift 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!

DSC08184Berlin 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.

DSC08182Royal Air Force Medal and Service Book

DSC08186Tin Cans from the „Care“-Packages

Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe

DSC08187Flour Sacks

DSC08183Tag for dried potatos made for Berlin air supply

DSC08188Publications about the Berlin Airlift

DSC08189Airlift 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“!

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DSC08185Original 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!

DSC08193Mechanic 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!

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001 002Two 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!

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In Memory of the Berlin Airlift

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