Stinson 10

In May, 1942, a crew was flying a mission when they spotted a submarine just off of Cape Canaveral, Florida. In an attempt to escape the submarine ended up getting stuck in the mud and stayed stuck for forty-two minutes. The CAP airplane continued to circle the submarine, calling their base to send help to attack the submarine. Neither the army nor the navy could respond quickly enough and the submarine broke loose and escaped.

Note 100 pound Bomb or Depth charge

When news of the incident reached authorities the CAP was authorized to arm their airplanes with either a single 100 pound bomb or depth charges. To accomplish this the aircraft were modified for these munitions. A rack was added under the fuselage to carry the bomb and some aircraft had a rack installed just aft of the right hand door near the bottom of the fuselage of the Stinson to hold the depth charges (See photo left). Some of the historical writing states that two submarines were sunk by this armament, but those facts are a subject of dispute.

During the overall operation, the CAP lost 26 crew members and 90 airplanes. In the summer of 1943, the German submarines were pulled back from our coastal waters due to what is described as our increasingly effective anti-submarine tactics and what one German leader described after the war as “those pesky little yellow planes.”

Each of the bases had its own identifying emblem on their aircraft and our museum aircraft proudly displays one of these on both the left and right hand side of the fuselage just forward of the doors.