This month 70 years ago

In September 1948:
Operation Little Vittles officially begins:
Air Force pilot Gail Halvorsen had been moved by children he’d shared a few sticks of gum with. He and his crew promised to come back and drop candy for the children from his plane.
They tied boxes of candy to handkerchiefs and began dropping them for the waiting children.
Airlift Commander Lt. Gen. William H. Tunner found out about the effort and made Operation Little Vittles official on Sept. 22.
People sent candy and handkerchiefs from all over the U.S. to contribute.
First dependents leave by air for the states:
Planes arriving from Westover Field, Mass., carried replacement airplane engines needed for “Operation Vittles” and began to carry dependents on return flights back to the U.S.

U.S. Air Force Museum Archive

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