Gail S. Halvorsen papers

Gail S. Halvorsen papers

Dates: 1925-2016

Collection contains a variety of correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia mostly related to his role as the "Candy Bomber." One box includes parachutes used to drop candy to children during the Berlin Airlift of 1948-1949. The materials, dated from 1954 to 2004, relate to Havorsen's military career and the recognition and numerous awards he received for his kind actions during the Berlin Airlift. Also included is documentation for his autobiography The Berlin Candy Bomber, which he published in 1990. Some of the letters and articles are in German. Much of the collection is newspaper clippings relating to Halvorsen's work as the candy bomber.

  • Extent: 11 boxes (5.5 linear ft.). -- 21 cartons (21 linear ft.). -- 15 oversize folders (10 linear ft.). -- 14 oversize boxes (18.67 linear ft.). -- 2 media boxes (1 linear ft.). -- 12 posters (4 linear ft.). -- 1 item (0.5 linear ft.). -- 1 folio (1.33 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Halvorsen, Gail S.
  • Call Number: MSS 2220
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials in English, with some materials in German and Arabic.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Gail S. Halvorsen papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee. Halvorsen retains all rights to the materials except to allow them to be used in research. Proper credit must be given to the author when cited.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 2220; Gail S. Halvorsen papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 2220, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Gail Halvorsen in 2000. Donated by Gail Halvorsen in 2004. Donated by Gail Halvorsen in 2016.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Gail Halvorsen; 2000. Donated; Gail Halvorsen; 2004. Donated; Gail Halvorsen; 2016.
Subject Terms
Politics, Government, and Law; International Relations; World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American; World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American; Air pilots, Military--United States; Berlin (Germany)--History--Blockade, 1948-1949; Halvorsen, Gail S.
Genre / Form
Scrapbooks; Photographs; Letters; Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Processing Information
Processed; Katie Connors and John Murphy; 2008. Addendum added and organized into series; Trevor Tanner; 2016.
Appraisal Information
Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007) because Gail Halverson contributed greatly to increase international relations with Germany after World War II.
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Finding Aid Title
Halvorsen (Gail S.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Katie Connors, Trevor Tanner, and Eric Wolford
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-01-11 10:55:45 -0700.
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Biographical History

Gail S. Halvorsen (1920- ) is a Mormon pilot and local ecclesiastical leader in Arizona and Utah.

Gail S. Halvorsen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and grew up on small farms in Utah and Idaho. He earned a private pilot license under the non-college Civilian Pilot Training program in September of 1941. He joined the United States Army Air Corps in June 1942. He was assigned flight duty in foreign transport operations in the South Atlantic Theater. After World War II he flew in the Berlin Airlift where he became known as "Uncle Wiggly Wings", the "Chocolate Flyer", and the "Berlin Candy Bomber" where he dropped candy to the children below. The blockade of Berlin began in June 1948 and ended May 12, 1949. Flights continued until September 30, 1949 to build up reserves. Colonel Halvorsen belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has been a stake president, bishop, high councilman, and served in other callings. Gail married Alta Jolley of Zion National Park on April 16, 1949. They have five children, twenty-four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Three of their grandchildren have attended a school named for him in Frankfurt, Germany. Approaching 50 years of marriage, Alta died in January 1999. Gail is now married to his high school steady from 62 years ago, Lorraine Pace, who has three children, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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