EAA Chapter 838

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A special day for John H Batten International Airport as the Congressional Gold Medal will be awarded to the grandson of John H. Batten and the son of John S Rowland. Both of served at Civil Air Patrol Coastal Patrol Base 6, St. Simons Island, Georgia in 1942.
On January 3, 2014 both Houses of Congress, by a 526 to 9 vote, approved recognition of the 250,000 civilian volunteers, especially the 4600 pilots, who volunteered in World War II. Sixty five members, including fifty nine pilots made the ultimate sacrifice. CAP sunk two German U-boats! One of the attack planes was the “mighty” Stinson 10A armed with a 100 lb. bomb. The other plane was a Grumman Widgeon armed with two 350 lb. depth charges. Fifty-seven U-boats were attacked and chased away from our shores, and 173 U-boats spotted; the military credits CAP with an assist in destroying some of them.
Flying a Stinson 10A 40 miles off the coast of Georgia, John Batten and John Rowland spotted a U-boat and dropped smoke and alerted the Navy, but before the Navy bomber arrived, the U-boat escaped.
Thanks to the Chapter for offering the museum as a perfect place to recognize these men. These men were instrumental in supporting CAP, EAA, and this airport. Chapter members are welcome to attend. Assisting CAP volunteers in setting up that morning is appreciated.