/ December 03, 2011 / 34
On Dec. 1, Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, observes 70 years of vigilant service. But the celebration won’t be complete until CAP’s earliest members – now in their eighties and nineties – are “rightly honored” with the Congressional Gold Medal.
CAP, an all-volunteer service of more than 61,000 members, was founded 70 years ago on Dec. 1, 1941, less than a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor led to America’s involvement in World War II. Known at the time as the Coastal Patrol, members soon proved their worth by conducting aerial missions at the request of the Office of Civilian Defense, displaying heroism that discouraged and eventually stopped deadly German U-boat attacks on supply ships leaving American ports headed to support the Allied war effort.
The “subchasers” flew at great personal risk. In all, 90 CAP planes were forced to ditch at sea. Of the 59 CAP pilots killed during World War II, 26 were lost while on Coastal Patrol duty and seven others were seriously injured while carrying out the missions. Their wartime service was highly unusual because they were civilian volunteers flying combat missions in their own aircraft at a time when the military could not adequately respond the U-boat threat. The military decided to arm their aircraft soon after the patrols began and, all told, they sank or damaged two or more submarines and attacked 57.
/ December 02, 2011, 9:03pm / 9
Iranian diplomats have chartered a plane and are expected to leave Britain on Friday, expelled by the U.K. government in retaliation for attacks on the British Embassy in Tehran.
The roughly two dozen Iranian diplomats and their dependents were due to fly out of Heathrow Airport around 4 p.m. (11 a.m. EST).
The Iranian flag was still flying at Tehran’s embassy in London early Friday, as movers were seen carrying packages from what is believed to be the residence of the diplomats a few doors down from the embassy.
On Tuesday, Iranian protesters stormed and ransacked the U.K. embassy compounds in Tehran.
In retaliation, Britain ordered Iranian diplomats off its soil, pulled its diplomats out of Iran and backed new sanctions on the Islamic republic.
/ December 02, 2011, 2:29pm / 13
American soldiers of the 69th Division taking a well deserved rest.
Left to right: Gerald A. Garrson, Donald Meyers, Stuart Brent, Bill McGough & Alva Goodwin.
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