BERLIN AIRLIFT  1948 - 1949 

 

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August 11th 1948

was the first day the so called  "Rosinenbomber"   flew into West-Berlin to provide the city and its people with what they needed to survive the blockage from the Western Sectors in an occupied Germany. The airlift was carried out for 11 months and a unique logistical effort that also had a highly collective emotional aspect in post-war Germany. And still has  today!  So we're going back in history for a year now! Learn more about the BERLIN AIRLIFT and have a look at the souvenirs we sell at our RB SHOP. There is much more to come  as we head into 2019, so stay tuned to our station! 

During the "Cold War" and the division of Germany, West-Berlin was cut off from the Western Sectors and supplied by air for a whole year. The project was a great technical and humanitarian effort and is well known as the "Berliner Luftbrücke" (Berlin Airlift) until today. In those days children of Berlin climbed up on hills of rumble  waving to the planes flying into the former capital. Soon the pilots started throwing down little parachutes with sweets for them. Thus the name "Rosinenbomber" (English: Candy/Jelly Bomber, literally "Raisin Bomber"). 

We are often  asked about our name Rosinenbomber and why we chose it. We liked the idea of using former war planes for a humanitarian purpose. We also liked the similarity of this concept to the Beatles' Yellow Submarine as well. Coming from a post-war background it was obvious for us to work for a peaceful world and with creative means. Imagine how much could be achieved if we used our technology to support life on Earth instead of destroying it! "If someone  thinks that love & peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that's his problem.  Love & peace are eternal." John Lennon

Tempelhof
"Rosinenbomber" during the Airlift 1948/49 at Berlin Tempelhof. 
Unload Plane
Taking  goods from the plane. 
DC3 Boys
Boys checking a DC 3 plane: "If your dreams don't scare you they are not big enough" 
Care
                                                Cigarette break: Wonder what else was in those Care packets?                                                                    
 Pictures (4): Alliiertenmuseum Berlin 
Telegraf
Berlin Children watching the "Rosinenbomber" 
Photo: Archiv Berliner Telegraf