Crashed 'Dakota' Airplane, Berlin, 1948.
Photograph showing the wreckage of a crashed American 'Dakota' transport airplane in Berlin, 1948. This airplane had been taking part in the 'Berlin Airlift' when it crashed into a block of flats, killing two aircrew and setting the flats on fire. Between April 1948 and May 1949 Stalin, leader of the USSR, imposed a land blockade on supplies from Western Europe to West Berlin. In response the British and American governments organised an enormous airlift to supply food and other essentials to the 2.5 million inhabitants of West Berlin. After a year Stalin conceded defeat and lifted the land blockade.
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Creation Date: 23rd February 2010
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