Daring Young Men: The Berlin Airlift

Richard Reeves’ new Daring Young Men: The Heroism and Triumph of the Berlin Airlift, June 1948-May 1949 is briefly reviewed by Steve Weinberg in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

I’m looking forward to reading Reeves’ book with great relish, and in particular to comparing it with Andrei Cherney’s superlative The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America’s Finest Hour. (See our earlier review of Cherney’s outstanding work in The Power of Chocolate.) If you’re unfamiliar with the events of the ‘Berliner Luft’, this latter book is a “must read.”

Hungry Berlin children await the arrival of American planes at Berlin's Tempelhof Airport

A C-54 comes in for a landing at Tempelhof as Berliners wait atop a mountain of rubble

Published in: on February 16, 2010 at 1:29 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. How many of the daring pilots are still alive today. My father (Albert Richard Gotze), now 89, is one of about 7 South African pilots still alive. It seems that very little is mentioned of the fighter pilots that had to escort thes Dakotas. He was one of them. Have you any contact with veterans of this airlift?
    Hugo Gotze
    Hermanus, South Africa

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