American newspapers kept their readers abreast of successes in the Berlin airlift. Christmas editions of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch also informed readers the execution of former Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo for war crimes. From Sunday December 26, 1948:
BARKLEY IN BERLIN SAYS U.S. PEOPLE BACK THE AIR LIFT
BERLIN, Dec. 25 (AP) -- Alben Barkley, United States Vice-President-elect, declared today "it would be unthinkable that we pull out of Berlin. Our people are determined to continued the air lift."
Addressing a press conference on his Berlin stop of a European trip, Barkley said there is "no question that the United States Congress will favor continuing the air lift to Berlin."
Air Secretary Stuart Symington, another United States notable here for the holidays, told reporters at the same conference that there is no reason why air lift tonnage "cannot go to whatever figure is necessary." He said more planes are being purchase for the air lift task force.
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