The air station also served as a base for antisubmarine operations consisting with the Army Air Corps and Navy units each sinking a German U-boat just off the North Carolina coast in 1943 (Bell). It was a mystery of where the sunken U-boat was located. The German U-Boat would go undiscovered for about 70 years until four years of research came to end with a sonar scan. (Budday). With help from a group of researchers and marine archaeologists from East Carolina University, they were able to pinpoint the German U-Boat’s location. However, the soldiers that would be on the U-Boat would be taken and placed into POW camps across North Carolina. For example, Camp Battle, Camp Butner, and Mackall. Any U-Boat that would be sunk had prisoners to be put into camps, such as the one MCAS had dealt with.