Civil Air Patrol Aircraft during WWII
Stinson 10A "Voyagers" supported the U.S. war effort from 1942 to 1943. Two man crews of the Civil Air Corps flew the Voyagers along the eastern U.S. coast. They patrolled for German U-boats and ran search and rescue missions for survivors of allied merchant ships torpedoed by the Nazi submarines.
CAP's coastal patrol flew 24 million miles, found 173 U-boats, attacked 57 of them with 83 bombs and depth charges, hit 10 and sank two. The Civil Air Patrol lost 26 men and 90 airplanes.
Referred to as "little yellow bees" by U-boat commanders, the Voyagers originally flew unarmed. But they were soon authorized to carry a single 100-pound bomb after a U-boat that was spotted by a CAP crew - and stuck on a sandbar - got away before the U.S. military arrived.
The Museum's Stinson 10A saw action during World War II with CAP Costal Patrol Base 3 (CP3), originally at Morrison Field in West Palm Beach, Fla., and later at Lantana, Fla. This aircraft was donated to the museum by a private owner.