This rather battered document is a bill showing
the amount of material and supplies airlifted to West Berlin.
The whole operation was called Operation Plainfare.
With so many aircraft flying so many flights it was a complex and dangerous
operation. The relentless flying also took its toll on the pilots, the aircraft
and even the runways. One US air base actually had to have 200 engineers running
The Americans moved the most goods because they
had more planes and bigger aircraft. They also expanded into one of the British
air bases near Munich.
The RAF tied up most its fleet of transport aircraft
in the Berlin Airlift. There were also private contractors hired by the government
to help with the operation.