Plaque Dedicated Historic Site Coastal Patrol 18

September 26, 2011 in Uncategorized by ellenmd

Falmouth, MA–The Massachusetts Wing recently
dedicated a plaque at the former site of Coastal Patrol Base 18 in Falmouth, MA.
The plaque, mounted on a stone, reads:

“COASTAL PATROL BASE No. 18

Coastal Patrol History

In the spring of 1942 at the Falmouth Airport near Camp Edwards was being used as a civilian pilot training center. The base was taken over by the Coastal Patrol and activated August 25, 1942.

The airport was not similar to the airports we have today. The runways, (three at the time) consisted of sod that sometimes turned to thick mud in the Cape Cod rain showers.

When the war started many of Cape Cods pilots were faced with restrictions that did not allow them to fly anymore. All private flying within 100 miles of the ocean was prohibited.

Many of the pilots in the area came to the Coastal Patrol with a desire to make a difference and to practice their hobby and to protect America.

Everett L. King was born in 1916 and in a book about the Coastal Patrol, From Maine to Mexico: With America’s Private Pilots in the Fight Against Nazi U-Boats by Louis E. Keefer, Everett was heard to say that he was born on an airport. When he was three, a former World War I Army Air Service pilot based his aircraft in his fathers cow pasture. This location is now Taunton Airport, headquarters of the Brockton Squadron, Civil Air Patrol.

Coastal Patrol Base 18