BERLIN AIRLIFT  1948 - 1949 


August 11th 1948

was the first day the so called  Rosinenbomber  planes flew into West-Berlin. For almost one year they provided the people in the former (and then divided) German capital 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!  Learn more about the Berlin Airlift  and have a look at the souvenirs we sell at our Rosinenbomber Shop.

Click on the photos below for some Youtube videos on the historical event and the famous DC3 plane! 

During the "Cold War" and the division of Germany, West-Berlin was cut off from the Western Sectors and supplied by air for almost 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, the way they converted it into a warship of peace. Coming from a post-war background the mission obviously was and is  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)

"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" 
                                                Cigarette break: Wonder what else was in those Care packets?                                                                    
 Pictures (4): Alliiertenmuseum Berlin 
Berlin Children watching the "Rosinenbomber" 
Photo: Archiv Berliner Telegraf