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(14) 1940s United States Civil Air Patrol Uniform Items
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The picture shows a view of all (14) 1940s United States Civil Air Patrol Uniform Items in this lot. There are (5) U.S. Civil Air Patrol cloth patches. There is a U.S. Civil Patrol ribbon pin. There is a sterling silver ''C.A.P.'' uniform collar pin. One of the pin back sections is also marked sterling. There are also (7) uniform buttons.

To judge the sizes the larger patches each measure about 3'' wide. The patches and ribbon are in mint condition. The silver collar pin has an aged patina but it could be polished if desired. The buttons have some finish wear. They appear to range from good to very good condition. Below here, for reference, is a short History of the United States Civil Air Patrol that was found online:

United States Civil Air Patrol
Volunteers Serving America in Times of Need

Civil Air Patrol was conceived in the late 1930s by legendary New Jersey aviation advocate Gill Robb Wilson, who foresaw aviation's role in war and general aviation's potential to supplement America's military operations. With the help of New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, the new Civil Air Patrol was established on December 1, 1941, just days before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

The CAP insignia, a red three bladed propeller in the Civil Defense white triangle in blue circle, began appearing on private aircraft everywhere. CAP initially planned only on liaison and reconnaissance flying, but the civilian group's mission expanded when German submarines began to prey on American ships off the coast of the United States and CAP planes began carrying bombs and depth charges.

A CAP crew first interrupted a sub attack on a flight out of Rehoboth Beach, saving a tanker off Cape May, N.J. Since radio calls for military bombers were often unproductive, unarmed CAP fliers dived in mock attacks to force subs to break and run.

The CAP coastal patrol flew 24 million miles, found 173 submarines, attacked 57, hit 10 and sank two. By Presidential Executive Order, CAP became an auxiliary of the Army Air Forces in 1943.

A German commander later confirmed that coastal U-boat operations were withdrawn from the United States ''because of those damned little red and yellow airplanes.'' In all, CAP flew a half-million hours during the war, and 64 CAP aviators lost their lives in the line of duty.

The U.S. Air Force was created as an independent armed service in 1947, and CAP was designated as its official civilian auxiliary the following year.

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(14) 1940s United States Civil Air Patrol Uniform Items

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