CIVIL AIR PATROL

STRATFORD EAGLES COMPOSITE SQUADRON

CIVIL AIR PATROL, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AUXILIARY

P.O. BOX 627, STRATFORD, CT 06615-0627

(203)-377-5003

STRATFORD EAGLES COMPOSITE SQUADRON:www.sescap.org

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A LORDSHIP NEIGHBOR SINCE 1972

The Civil Air Patrol was originally conceived in the late 1930s. On December 1, 1941, just days before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the CAP was officially established. Today, as an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force with over 64,000 members, the CAPs mission is to provide Emergency Services, Aerospace Education and Cadet Activities. The Stratford Eagles grew from a squadron established in Fairfield the 1960s. The unit moved to what was then the Bridgeport Municipal Airport in 1963. In 1964 the meeting place moved to the Stratford National Guard Armory. In 1968 a new charter was issued from the National Headquarters which established the Stratford Eagles Composite Squadron. Thanks to the efforts of Lordship resident Lt Col Morgan Kaolian, CAP, in March of 1972 the Eagles moved to their present location, a World War II barracks at Sikorsky Memorial Airport adjacent to Stratford Road in Lordship. Today we have a roster of 78 dedicated members who meet Thursday evenings at 7 PM. As part of your Lordship Historical Tour, please be sure to visit the Stratford Eagles facility. Also, you are always welcome to visit during our regular meetings. For more information and history please visit our web site listed above or the CAPs National website at www.gocivilairpatrol.com.David B Oestreicher, Lt Col, CAP, Commanding Officer

The Civil Air Patrol's main building is the last remaining barracks from World War II left in Lordship. At one time, there were barracks on Prospect Drive in eastern Lordship and on the former Aherns Property on Stratford Road next to the airport. The radio building may have been the gas station for planes stationed there during the war.

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Radio building

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Barracks

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Barracks inside

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Garage

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Maintanance building

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Training course

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Training course

November 3, 1947 - CIVIL AIR PATROL TO REORGANIZE AT AIRPORT SESSION FRIDAY NIGHT: Reorganization of the Bridgeport unit of the Civil Air Patrol will be the business at hand for air enthusiasts attending a meeting scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday in the classroom section of Bridgeport Flying Service headquarters at the Municipal airport. The session will be conducted by Col. Nancy Tier, of Cheshire, CAP wing commander for Connecticut. Set up as a civilian defense unit at the start of World War II, the Civil Air Patrol was transferred to the War department and made an auxiliary of the Army Air Forces in 1943, was made a permanent organization and granted a charter by act of Congress in July, 1946, and remains an auxiliary of the AAF in the postwar air program. Members wear Army uniforms modified by CAP insignia and rank and table of organization are similar to those of the AAF, under whose orders it operates. The roster includes senior members and cadets, boys and girls of from 15 to 18 years who participate in a training program. The organizations wartime duty began early in 1942, when, with German submarines concentrating on shipping along the eastern seaboard, it spotted subs, sighted ships in distress and reported survivors on rafts and lifeboats. "Flying Minute Men" flew 24,000,000 miles in chalking up 86,685 missions before the coastal patrol was discontinued. Target towing, border sentinel duty, a flying "pony express" carrying 500,000 pounds of mail monthly between air bases in the mountainous western states and operation of an industrial courier service to break production bottlenecks were among other wartime achievements. Peacetime activities include lost plane searches, seasonal watches over timber stands and emergency and mercy missions. Among peacetime aims are "the furthering of civilian and military aviation, the fostering at community airports, the training of CAP cadets, the establishment of safe flying routes through dangerous areas and the promotion of an air minded United States during a period in which air power is the key to national security and to world peace."

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