Wilkinson, Stephan
December 2007
Military History;Dec2007, Vol. 24 Issue 9, p30
The article traces the greatest airborne relief operation in Berlin, Germany in 1948. The 1948-49 Berlin Airlift was the first air relief operation ever conducted. Soviet Union Leader Joseph Stalin ordered a blockade of all land routes to Berlin on March 21, 1948. The U.S. government hoped to provide relief goods to the people in Berlin and decided to use the Air Force's C-47 aircraft. Such airborne relief was successful.


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