The Atlantic City, New Jersey, City Council approved a resolution Thursday night – the 75th history of Civil Air Patrol’s founding -- to designate a historical marker commemorating CAP’s Coastal Patrol Base 1 at local Bader Field.
From 1942-1943 CAP subchasers flew out of the base at Bader Field, later known as Atlantic City Municipal Airport and closed Sept. 30, 2006.
Coastal Patrol Base 1 was established Feb. 28, 1942 -- as was Base 2 at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, followed soon afterward by Base 3 at Lantana Florida -- as part of a 90-day test by CAP officials to determine if such operations would prove feasible in protecting domestic shipping from German U-boats. Eventually, 18 more bases were created, stretching from Maine to Mexico, before CAP's antisubmarine mission ended Aug. 31 1943.
Councilman Kaleem Shabazz introduced the resolution. He told The Press of Atlantic City he became interested in seeing a historical marker erected after New Jersey Wing officials approached the council about Bader Field’s history.
Lt. Col. Michael Castania, the wing’s director of aerospace education, told The Press that Base 1 would be the last of the earliest established coastal patrol bases to be recognized. “We’ve wanted to do this a long time,” he added.
The project now goes to the city Department of Planning and Development. Plans call for the marker to be a 4x4 metal road sign relating the location’s site’s historical significance.