December 11, 1956

1956: Operation SAFE HAVEN. After a revolt against Soviet rule in Hungary expels Russian occupation forces, the Soviets send in reinforcements to restore order. But before the Soviet-backed Hungarian government closes the borders, some 200,000 refugees flee. MATS, Navy, and commercial aircraft fly 15,570 refugees from Europe to the US thru 30 Jun 57.

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