Kiddy Car Airlift


The story of the orphan rescue operation that became known as the Kiddy Car Airlift, executed on 20 December, 1950, has two main actors, Chaplain (Colonel) Russell L. Blaisdell (USAF) and Colonel Dean E. Hess (USAF). Also playing a vital role in the rescue of the children was S/Sgt Merle (Mike) Strang, USAF, Blaisdell's Chaplain's Assistant.  The material presented here has never before been presented together and much of this material has never been published before at all. Here you will find the story of one of the great rescue operations of the Korean War and also one of the most shameless frauds of the Korean War. Read on.


Chaplain (Colonel) Russell L. Blaisdell (USAF)
Colonel Dean E. Hess (USAF)
Analysis: Hess, Fraudulent Hero
Historical photos of the airlift.
Chaplain Blaisdell Award
Brokaw Report on Blaisdell
Fox 40 Report on Blaisdell
Col. Hess Award