The above footage,which is representative of the mission of NAS Richmond during the 1940's, is courtesy of the 1945 MGM movie "This Man's Navy".
Before NAS Richmond and at the beginning of World War II, German U-boats roamed freely off the coast of Florida playing havoc in the busy shipping lanes off Miami and in the Florida Straights between Key West and Cuba.
Old Timers tell of watching helplessly from Miami Beach as tankers burned in the distance ... an all too common scene during the early years of WW II.
The Hangars at NAS Richmond housed the blimps that patrolled the sea lanes off Miami and the Gulf of Mexico looking for Nazi submarines.
By 1943, NAS Richmond and other anti-submarine warfare expert facilities had put a stop to this carnage.