Berlin Airlift cargo, 1948
Henry Compton ©Stars and StripesFrankfurt, Germany, June, 1948: Boxes of supplies for Berlin are secured aboard a plane at Rhein-Main Air Base as the effort to relieve the Soviet-blockaded city gets under way. By the time the Berlin Airlift ended in September, 1949, a total of 278,228 U.S., British and French flights carried 2,326,406 short tons of material into the city. There were 39 British and 31 American airlift-related deaths during the difficult flights.
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