Establishment of the Civil Air Patrol
Reported By WOC H.McMahon
On December 1st, 1941, the Civil Air Patrol was established after being conceived in the 1930s by Gill Robb Wilson, who saw aviation’s potential to aid the US military as a whole. The main mission of the Civil Air Patrol during WW2 was anti-submarine warfare as well as courier missions. However, with the establishment of the Air Force in 1947, the charter incorporating the CAP into the USAF stated that it would never again take up a combat mission.
Afterwards, the CAP would be awarded the Roving Ambassador of Peace by the World Peace Prize Awarding Council for its positive impact among many American communities, and would then go on to be recognized for its aid during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.