Berlin Airlift Veteran to Speak in Rapid City

Berlin Airlift

Berlin Airlift

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Lt. Col. Chuck Childs (USAAF-USAF ret) will offer a visual presentation of his experiences flying in the Berlin Airlift this Saturday, February 9, 2013, at Western Dakota Technical Institute, 9-11 am. Ray and Josephine Cowdery of Rapid City will be the MCs.

World War II was over, but the Cold War had begun. Anti-Communist Nazi Germany had been defeated. Now the Soviet Union was no longer an ally, but our Cold War adversary.

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Awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses, B-17 pilot Chuck Childs of Rapid City, remembers returning home after 37 combat missions against the Third Reich: “I finished my combat missions, flying against Hitler in April of 1945 and arrived home to be with my wife Grace and daughter Connie. Three years later I was flying missions again, only this time it was for Germany and against the Russians.”

The Soviet blockade of Berlin from June 24, 1948, to May 12, 1949, triggered the Berlin Airlift to come to the humanitarian aid of that now landlocked with the eastern part of Germany. Childs refers to the resupply mission as the “salvation of a city” in his memoir at He went on to fight in the Korean War as well.

Contact speaker: Childs at (605) 721-1800

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Contact: Brad Morgan at (605) 787-6653 or Verne Sheppard at (605) 342-5512

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