Gail dropped the candy and the children were thrilled...
...but his commanding officer was not.
Luckily, William Tunner, a United States Lieutenant General heard about Gail's plan and approved it. He also asked the US to help with Gail's efforts.
Children all over the United States donated candy to support his efforts.
Women bagged the candy and made parachutes out of handkerchiefs. Gail would the deliver the candy to all the children in West Germany.
The German airlift ended on April 15, 1949. The USSR agreed to finally end the blockade. Operation "Little Vittles," as it had come to be called, was a success. It had restored hope to the children of Western Germany.