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The Berlin Airlift
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Jewish veterans salute Israel, May 1948. The Palestine (later Jerusalem) Post printed Associated Press reports about the events in Berlin, although the top headlines dealt with the creation of the new state of Israel and its efforts to win recognition from the other nations of the world.

From July 8, 1948:

Russia Disclaims Responsibility for Air Safety

BERLIN, Wednesday. -- The Russia authorities have disclaimed all responsibility for the safety of American aircraft supplying Berlin, it was officially revealed here today with the publication of an exchange of letters between the American and Russian control elements at the Berlin Air Safety Centre.

The Russian notification came after the American controller had informed the other three Allies of a modification in the procedure of handling American flight information. The American controller said that the progress of American flights would in future be posted on a visual flight progress board, "For the information of all other elements."

Despite bad weather which forced them to fly by instruments, U.S. pilots brought in more than 1,000 tons of supplies for Soviet-blockaded Berlin during the past 24 hours.

Allied authorities have estimated that 2,000 tons of food a day are needed for the Western sectors, and the American planned to fly at least half of it.

The British have kept their daily hauls secret for "security reasons." However, an idea of the size of their cargoes can be formed by the number of R.A.F. flights. Today British transports came in 209 times, compared with the 108 flights with which the Americans beat the 1,000 ton record.

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