Danbury Squadron History dates back to just days after Civil Air Patrol was founded 

Hartford Courant 1941

The last two images show "Danbury Group" Founding members

  • Squadron Commander Marshall C. Sewall of New Canaan Pilot

  • Executive Officer George H. Day of New Canaan

  • Adjutant David Lapham of New Canaan

  • Personnel & Medical Officer Dr. H.S. Phillips of Westport

  • Intelligence and Public Relations Benjamin A. Pollett of New Canaan

  • Training and Operations Officer Clifford Sadler of Danbury

  • Equipment and Supplies Officer Julian Ransome of New Canaan

  • Transportation Officer Frederick Osborn of Darien

  • Communication Officer Sumner Foster of Darien

Sumner Hatherly Foster

Danbury and the sinking of U-Boats

A rare honor for a unique man | Solon Economist and North Liberty Leader




The article above dated June 12th 2018 was about a Major Robert Dunn of Iowa who received the Congressional Gold Medal. The article notes Dunn's Meeting with Major Eugene "Sumner: Foster as a cadet in 1942 

While a cadet, Dunn met some other interesting and special people. In late 1942, a CAP Major, Eugene (Sumner) Foster arrived as Commander. Maj. Foster had been part of an east coast squadron, which had helped in the sinking of two German submarines off the coast. “In an intercepted message from a sub captain he said, ‘Those damned yellow airplanes make us dive every time.’”

Marshall C. Sewall First Danbury Commander

Marshall Sewall was a Pilot from New Canaan and businessman. 

Sewall joined the Navy shortly after World War II began. He enjoyed sailing. 

Born December 3 1908 Died September 19 1983

David Lapham Adjudant

David Lapham, Danbury Squadron's First Adjutant was the grandson of Lewis Henry Lapham. who made his fortune in the leather industry and was one of the founders of Texaco Oil. He grew up at Waveny House in New Canaan. He is also first cousin to, and grew up on the same property as actor Christopher Lloyd

An Article in the New Canaan Advertiser is attached 


Excerpt here:

In 1927, their son Jack, no longer into polo, took up flying lessons and landed the first ever plane in New Canaan in 1928 — a new Spartan biplane, which he flew up from Texas. That year they built a hangar to house the plane (with a price tag of $1,400). Over the next 10 years, the family had two hangers and a few planes. Jack’s wife and children all became licensed pilots and the family frequently flew in and out of Waveny. (Jack’s wife was also a proficient golfer who captured the national Woman’s Senior Golf title at Westchester Country Club according to an article in the New York Times circa 1936 from the New Canaan Historical Society.) 
In 1934, Lewis Lapham died. David Lapham (Jack’s second son) was living in the bungalow by now with his family. David was the last to have an airplane (a cub coupe), which he retired in 1939 at the start of World War II. He entered the service in 1942.