Lake Worth in Palm Beach County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Coastal Patrol Base No. 3
Civil Air Patrol (CAP)
—1942 - 1943 —
Inscription. Coastal Patrol Base No. 3 at Lantana Airport was one of three 90-day experimental bases established on the east coast of the United States to assist with anti-submarine patrols. Civilian aviators flew missions up to 60 miles out to sea between Palm Beach and Cape Canaveral, to search for German U-boats. In May 1942 near Cape Canaveral, Lantana CAP members Marshall E. Rinker and Tom Manning found a U-boat stranded on a sand bar and called for a military bomber, the U-boat freed itself and escaped to deeper water before the plane arrived to destroy it. This incident led to the arming of the small civilian planes the CAP used. The experimental units were so successful that 18 more were established in the U.S., with four more bases in Florida. On August 31, 1943, the anti-submarine patrols were transferred to the military. During the unit’s 17 months of service it flew 18,712 hours, 1,546,500 miles, and made 14 attacks, dropping 20 bombs on suspected u-boats. They saved the lives of numerous mariners by attacking and driving off u-boats and directing rescue boats to burning and sinking ships. In 1948, 53 members of the unit received the U.S. Military’s Air Medal. The CAP continues to operate at Lantana Airport.
By Judith Barber, April 7, 2011
1. Coastal Patrol Base No. 3 Marker
Erected 2006 by Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, Palm Beach County Department
of Airports, The Historical Society of Palm Beach County, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-579.)
By Jay Kravetz, May 17, 2016
2. Coastal Patrol Base No. 3 Marker
Location. 26° 35.292′ N, 80° 5.105′ W. Marker is in Lake Worth, Florida, in Palm Beach County. Marker is on Lantana Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2613 Lantana Rd., Lake Worth FL 33462, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Evergreen Cemetery (approx. 1.6 miles away); Palm Beach Junior College (approx. 1.7 miles away); Chapel Of The Holy Spirit (approx. 1.9 miles away); First Town Hall (approx. 2.6 miles away); First Schoolhouse (approx. 2.8 miles away); South Lake Worth Inlet (approx. 3.9 miles away); 1913 Boynton Elementary School (approx. 4.4 miles away); Little Red Schoolhouse (approx. 4.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lake Worth.
Categories. • Air & Space • War, World II •
By Jay Kravetz, May 17, 2016
3. Coastal Patrol Base No. 3 Marker
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. This page has been viewed 706 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on , by Kathleen Black of Woodbridge, Virginia. Photos: 1. submitted on , by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. 2, 3. submitted on , by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.