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COAL, CANDY BARS AND CLARENCE THE CAMEL: THE CARGO

Posted 1/13/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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A "Little Vittles" candy drop. Note the parachutes below the tail of the C-54. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The Berlin Airlift carried a total of 2,325,510 tons of cargo into Berlin with coal representing approximately 1,500,000 tons, followed by more than 500,000 tons of food. The rest of the tonnage was miscellaneous cargo that included dismantled steam rollers and electrical power plant machinery, as well as all the daily needs -- from soap to medical supplies to newspapers -- of a city. For the children of Berlin there were tons of candy, and as a special gift from the U.S. 525th Fighter Squadron, a baby camel named Clarence.

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