|On the Banks of Yesteryear — The planes are back|
|Friday, February 07, 2014 9:38 PM|
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, fear of an attack on the mainland of America was taken very seriously. The people of Florida were already aware that German U-boats were sinking British merchant ships right off their coastline. Many adults and teens who were not already serving their county in some capacity were encouraged to volunteer for the Civilian Defense of our nation. One of those Civilian Defense activities was to watch for enemy aircraft heading toward our shores. The Ground Observer corps was organized by the national Office of Civil Defense and enlisted over a million volunteers who were trained in aircraft spotting. These citizens were taught to recognize the silhouettes of U.S., British, German and Japanese aircraft. A system of observation posts manned by volunteers were set up on the East, West and Gulf coasts to monitor all activity which was then reported via phone to the proper authorities.
One of these volunteers was Alden “Brad” Bradstock from Baltimore, Md. Brad lived very near Logan Airfield in Dundalk and spent many hours with his high school buddies watching for enemy air activity around their area of the Baltimore Harbor. During this time Brad began a lifelong hobby of assembling, painting and collecting model airplanes. He donated this collection to the Delphos Canal Museum. And now, thanks to Dick Oder, these planes are back in good order and displayed on the second floor of the Canal Museum. Stop in and check out this and our many other military displays.
The Delphos Canal Museum is open from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday morning and on from 1-3 p.m. on