While everybody was busy bombing the hell out of each other, other military pilots were more soft-hearted after World War II had ended. One of those pilots was World War II and Berlin Airlift Command Pilot Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen.
The Allies and the Axis forces were known to drop tons of different bombs on each other during the World War, with many remembering the terror the German Luftwaffe brought into the skies and the legendary Squadron B-29 Enola Gay, those Boeing B-29 Superfortress Bombers that were used to drop nukes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But not Halvorsen. He dropped joy in the form of candy.
Yup, he didn’t drop bombs during the Cold War. He dropped the exact opposite of these explosives—sweets, chocolates, and candy along with tons of food and supplies to the people of post-World War II Berlin, Germany.
The Candy Bomber, as he was later known in Germany and the rest of the world, had passed away last Wednesday at the age of 101. Known for his extreme kindness and bringing happiness to the children of Berlin during the Berlin Airlift, the veteran spent most of his life helping children by reenacting his candy bombs throughout the years, repeating his kindness in various war-torn countries all his life as a humanitarian.