"Aktion Storch” begins

On September 14, 1948, the British promised to establish a "Children's Air Bridge." Already on September 20, the first 76 Berlin schoolchildren boarded the Royal Air Force's provided aircraft and arrived at Lübeck Blankensee. During this operation, thousands of children from Berlin-Gatow were transported to West Germany in Allied planes, where they were taken in by foster families. The children had suffered from food shortages and inadequate medical care, and the Children's Air Bridge offered them a chance for recovery. This action demonstrated that the values of solidarity and compassion could endure in times of political tension and blockades.