Civil Air Patrol 67th Anniversary.


photo credit creative commons license jkbrooks85

The CAPblog is congratulating members of the Civil Air Patrol on the occasion of their 67th anniversary.

The Civil Air Patrol -CAP is the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. The Civil Air Patrol was created on December 1, 1941 by Administrative Order 9, issued by Fiorello H. LaGuardia in his capacity as Director of the Office of Civilian Defense with Major General John F. Curry as the first National Commander. During World War II, CAP was seen as a way to use America’s civilian aviation resources to aid the war effort instead of grounding them. The organization assumed many missions including anti-submarine patrol and warfare, border patrols, and courier services. CAP pilots sighted 173 enemy U-boats and sank two.

After the end of World War II CAP became the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force, and its incorporating charter declared that it would never again be involved in direct combat activities, but would be of a benevolent nature.

So... what do you think? Please leave me a comment.


  • Jim Spencer: The story on the Cival Air patrol brought back memories from Michigan in the late 60s. I was an external aviation educator for the CAP located in Howell, Michigan. Great times!
  • Gloria: Hi Jim
    Thanks for commenting.

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