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75th anniversary ceremonies for Rehoboth Civil Air Patrol set Feb. 26

February 16, 2017
A 1968 aerial photo of Rehoboth Airport depicts the field as having four grass runways. AIRFIELDS-FREEMAN.COM PHOTO

On Sunday, Feb. 26, members of the Civil Air Patrol will present a series of 75th anniversary ceremonies in the Rehoboth Beach area. On Feb. 26 in 1942, CAP Coastal Patrol Base Two was activated at Rehoboth Airport. The Civil Air Patrol utilized civilian lightplanes converted to carry bombs on overwater flights against invading German submarines during 1942 and 1943.

Sunday's schedule will include a 10 a.m. tour of Fort Miles, and a visit to CAP's roadside marker near the site of Rehoboth Airport at approximately noon. The marker is directly across from the AmericInn Lodge & Suites, 36012 Airport Road. The CAP members and historians will then meet the public at the Rehoboth Museum from approximately 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., displaying photos and other memorabilia from CAP Coastal Patrol.

A new book, the first ever written about this subject, "America's Homefront Air War," will be on sale at the museum during these hours. A wreath-laying is then scheduled for 3 p.m. at CAP's monument near the Bandstand at the foot of Rehoboth Avenue. Civil Air Patrol members especially invite the general public to Rehoboth Museum in the afternoon, but interested persons may attend all of the day's events (the only charge is a $5 tour fee at Fort Miles). An inclement weather date is the following Sunday, March 5.

Contact reunion organizer Roger Thiel at 202-328-3286 for more information. The Rehoboth Museum phone is 302-227-7310. 

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