WWII 'Candy Bomber' pilot drops in to help Texas choir get to Normandy

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by Jeff Anastasio / KENS 5

KENS

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 4:03 PM

HONDO, Texas -- The boys and girls of the Texas Children's Choir sang their little hearts out at a special Veterans Day celebration at the Hondo Airport over the weekend in hopes of witnessing a historic milestone next year.

The choir is raising funds for a trip to Normandy, France, for the upcoming 70th anniversary of D-Day.

On hand was legendary World War II pilot Col. Gail Halvorsen, USAF (Ret.), who touched the hearts of patriots everywhere by parachuting candy from his plane for the children of war-ravaged Germany in 1948.

Halvorsen, known in history as "The Candy Bomber," flew in as part of a fundraising effort to help the Texas Children's Choir make their Normandy trip.

Halvorsen said he was so moved by a group of 30 children at the Berlin airport that he shared some gum and promised to return with candy on his next trip flying over the airport.

He risked court martial, but Halvorsen's actions spearheaded the birth of Operation Little Vittles, where other pilots followed suit, dropping goods to the kids of Germany.

As part of the Hondo Veterans Day celebration, the 93-year-old World War II hero pilot took part in a re-enactment of the candy drop over the Hondo Airport. 

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