How successful the “Airlift to Berlin” with its highly demanding logistics was can also be seen in the number of flights and the quantities of goods flown in. To give you an idea of the dimensions of it, we present some of the numbers here.
Tonnage in US Short tons (1 Short ton = 907 Kilogramm)
|Coal||US 1.421.730 T.
GB 164.800 T.
|Food||US 296.303 T.
GB 241.713 T.
|Miscellaneous||US 65.540 T.
GB 135.723 T.
Total: 2.325.809 T.
|Passengers to Berlin||US 24.216
|Passengers from Berlin||US 36.584
|Flights to and from Berlin||US 379.688
|First flight with goods for Berliners:||28. June 1948|
|Last Airlift-flights:||30. Sept. 1949 (US)
6. Oct. 1949 (GB)
|Highest Tonnage in 24 hours:||12.940 T.|
|Greatest number of flights in 24 hours:||1.398 flights|
|Fatalities during the Airlift.||39 (on the Britisch/Commonwealth side)
31 (on the American side)
at least 8 (GER)