To children living in the rubble of post-war Germany, it was candy from heaven. Some saw it as a sign that somebody in America cared about them. To Gail “Hal” Halvorsen, who became known worldwide as the Candy Bomber, the Berlin Airlift was the healing balm on the wounds of war. The British, American and Frenchair forces delivered 2.3 million tons of lifegiving supplies on the ground at the three West Berlin airports. There were 277,569 flights over 16 months.