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OFFICE OF CIVILIAN DEFENSE
WASHINGTON, D. C,
CAP
BULL~IN

CIVIL AIR PATROL

Vol. II, No. 8
February 19, 1943

--PRESIDENT PRESENTS AIR M~AL TO CAP FLTERS-F O R B R AV X R Y i n t h e r e s c u e o f a c o m r a d e d o w n a t s e a , t w o o f fi c e r s o f t h e C A P
Coastal Patrol were presented the Air Medal by President Roosevelt in a White House
c e r e m o n y W e d n e s d a y. A w a r d e d f o r t h e fi r s t t i m e f o r c i v i l i a n s e r v i c e , t h e d e c o r a t i o n s
were authorised by General Orders ef the War Department.
T h e t w o h e r o e s a r e M a J . H u g h R . S h a r p , J r. , o f W i l m i n g t o n , D e l . , a n d ~ n s i g n
E d m o n d I . ~ d w a r d s , N e w a r k , D e l . , n o v o f t h e N a v y. A C A P p l a n e o n C o a s t a l P a t r o l s p u n
i n t o t h e o c e a n o n J u l y 2 1 l a s t y e a r. L t . E d g a r S h e l f u s o f C o l u m b u s , O h i o , t h e
o b s e r v e r, w a s l e s t a s t h e s h i p s a n k s o m e ~ m i l e s o ff s h o r e . T h i s w a s t h e fi r s t
f a t a l i t y i n C A P e s s e r v i c e s f o r t h e A r m y A i r F o r c e s . T h e p i l o t , L t . H e n r y T. C r o s s ,
a l s o o f C o l ~ b u s , w a s t h r o w n c l e a r. T h o u g h s u ff e r i n g f r o m a b r o k e n b a c k a n d g a s o l i n e
burns, he was able to inflate his life belt. He wa~ seen and the accident wa~ reported by radio from the sister ship which circled to mark the spot.
The sea was driving before a strong wind in swells 10 feet high. Knowing that
would be drowned before the Coast Guard boats arrived, the men on the base
v e n t i n t o i s e n e d i a t e a c t i o n . S h a r p , t h e B a s e C o m m a n d e r. t h e n a C e p t a i n , a n d E d w a r d s ,
then a CAP Lieutenant, were off within 5 minutes in a Sikorsk~ amphibian, assigned
to the base for Just such emergencies, although they knew the attempt was almost
suicidal in such high waves.
By good flying, Sharp, after dropping a smoke bomb to check the wind direction,
was able to bring the ship down close to where Cross was floating. Edwards threw
a rope but Cross, paralyzed, was unable to grasp it and it slipped across his chest.
~ So they maneuvered the ship close enou~ to reach him and pull him aboard.
D e s p i t e t h e i m p a c t o f l a n d i n g o n a w a v e c r e s t a n d b o u n c i n g o n t o a n o t h e r, t h e
plane held together without even & leak. But the left wing float was damaged and
s o o n fi l l e d w i t h w a t e r. I n o r d e r t o k e e p t h e p l a n e u p r i g h t , E d w a r d s c r a w l e d o u t o n
t h e r i g h t w i n g a n d c l u n g t h e r e f o r n e a r l y 11 h o u r s a s t h e p l a n e w a s t a x i e d t o w a r d
shore and then was towed by a Coast Guard boat. The mission began at 5:00 in the
afternoon and the plane was not beached until 4:00 the next morning. Lt. Cross has
fully recovered and is now on duty at another Coastal Patrol base.
M a J . G e m . G e o r £ e _ ~ , S t r a t e m e y e r, C h i e f o f t h e A i r S t a ff , a t t e n d i n g t h e p r e s e n t s tion ceremony in place of Lt. C, en. H. H. Arnold, Chief of the Army Air Forces, who
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was absent from Washington, made the following statement:
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"These two men exemplify the spirit cf the Civil Air Patrol, in cooperation with
the Army Air Forces, in the flying of many types of special war missions necessitated
by our war effort. Their activities have made possible the releasing of Ar~ pilots
and Army airplanes for combat service. The enthusiastic spirit of all CAP personnel
~ a ~ n e ~ r a c ~ 1 ~ ~ o o p e n ~ 1 o a w i ~ h t h e A r, ~ 7 A i r Yo r c e s ~ I s s i n c e r e l y a ~ o p r e c i a t e d
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by the Commanding G~neral."
General Orders Noo 1 of the War Department, January 4, 1943, carry these words:
"This difficult mission of great responsibility required outstanding initiative, resourcefulness, and a high degree of courage. The superior sumner in which all duties
were performed will establish high traditions of service for the Civil Air Patrol.

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CAP RADI0--The Federal Communications Commission has approved.a set of rules for the
establishment of CAP radio stations "used exclusively for essential commanications
relatin~ directly to the activities of the Civil Air Patrol". Authorisations will be
issued only to Wing Colaandere on clearance through CA~ Bational Headquarters and
operational supervision will ~e in the hands of CAP Communications Officers. This is
for civilian stations. Those operated under control of the military on CAP active
duty missions are not affected by these rules.
This new authority will have a highly beneficial effect in %roadening the radio
phases of CAP and giving radio personnel the Best break they have had since the war
began. The regulations, effective Jan. 19, were published in the Federal Register of
Jan. 23 and copies are being distributed to the Wings. Please do not write National
Headquarters yet. Further information soon will be issued.
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CAP ~'~ETIN NO. 8

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C A P P L A N E R Y ~ I S T R AT I O N - - , $ p l i c a ~ i ~ n b l a n k s f o r t h e r e g i s t r a t i o n o f C A P p l a n e s , a s s x plained in last weeklq ~u!letin~ have now been m~iled to the Wings. They are to be
out in d%~plicate by each applicant, lhs ioc~l unit (Squadron or Detached Ylight)
coe=~nder will sign and ~en~l beta d~i~ect!y to Win~ Headquarters, The Wing will kee, ~
and send the other to Rational Headquarters. Registration certificates will be isa~d
in the t~ cla~s~s "A" an~ "B" &ud will be sent to ~he applic~.~ts throu@h Wing otmnne!s.
The forms contain a good many questions ~wt once th~s information is in, it will
not have ~.o be repea~e~, Now that ownership of planes is frozen by .VPB, this re~istr~t . ~ c u w i l l t a ~ a l l a ~ r c ~ t a v a i l a b l e t o C A P a u ~ t h e r w i .I~ n o t b e t o e c o n t i n u a l r e s u A ~ e y e
e ~
~cessitated by turners. ~s im th~ ~t. ~,ge ~avo trie~ to sln~lif~ the paper work for
~ng Headquarters amd if any of you think you are s~rped with work, you ought to tee
o ~ r d e s k s h e r e i ~ Wa a h i n g t ~ n ~
In the intereet~ of contl=ued hom~-~ow~ fly1~, a~ll ~mit commanders are urged to
expedite the ret~r~ of the blmlk8 with a~ll possible dlsp~tch. For a pl~me being regist e r e d i n t h e " ~ " c a t e g u : ~ a s = o r ~ r r e n t l y o n C A P a c t i v e d u t y, i t i s a s k e d w h e t h e r t h e
applicant will pledge it for duration service. It i~ Importa.~t that this q~estion be
~ered "YES". Owners with goc~l eh~_t~e ea~f~h~t i~r~r.tc~ by~.~"'~, their
aircraft may be requisitioned and bought by other agencies,
~ ~ I N C O N @ ~ S - - ? a e P a t r o l i ~ i n ~ ¢ b t e ~ t o R o n . H ~ t t o n V . S , ~ m n e r ~ , o f Te x ~ e , C h ~ I r m a n
of the Kedge Judicla~? Co~mlttee, for a speech on ~he floor of the House which Im~ been
q u e t e ~ ~ l ~ n g t h i ~ ~ u y p a p e r s t h r o u g h o u t t h e c o ~ A u t r y. " M y i n t e r e s t w a s a r o u s e d i n
~hls or~anlzatlon"~ he said, "because of ~ts demonstrated unselfish, self-reliant, ~.llImg~eas-to-d~-so~ethi~bout-lt, flt-to-llve-e~go~crn~in-a-free democracy sort of
splv~lt; the sort of .pirlt wi~ich must be nurtured and eucourage~."
J o p i e s o f t h e ~ p e e c h w 111 b e ~ e u t i n p a z r p n l e t f o r m ~ y M a J . D . H a r o ! d B ~ r r d , Te x ~ e
Yi n g C o m m a n d e r, t o ~ I i ~ i ~ s f o r d i . t r i b u t l o n t o t h e m e m b e r s h i p . A ~ p e n d e d a r e t h e r e m a r k s
o f R e p : ~ z e n t a t i v e J o h ~ Vo z ~ s , O h i o , a C A P m e m b e r ~ h o s a w a c t i v e d u t y l a ~ s u m m e r a s a
pi~ot cu coastal pa~r-', ~I~o a ~ember is Repre~en~atlve Clifton A NooJrum of 71r~in'.a
w h ~ b e o m a e i n t e r e ~ , ~ / - ~ ' ~ - t n g t ~ r ~ v ~ h t h e w o r k o ~ h i s ~ h t ~ r, N . ~ r ~ h a A n n e , i n C ~
~ now owns and places his own plane,
~ _ ~ V E I ~ 0 R S P O N S O R S . ~ ! ~ W ~ T E R - - G ~ v e r n o r D ~ - I g ~ t R . G r e e n o f I 11 i ~ o i s ~ ~ n A r ~ y p i l o t i n t h ~
l ~ s t w a r, h a s c h i p p e a i n t o ~ t a n d ~ p o n s o r f o r s a n i s s u e c f ~ n e i l l i n o i s W i ~ _ n ~ e r, f o u ~ d e ~
more than a year a~o as the f~'e~ paper to be published by a Wing of CAP an~ still con-.
tinued under the high sta~d~xds with which it began.
P R O D U O T I O N S T O P PA G E AV E R T E D - - B e H e w i t t R u b b e r C o r p . , B u f f a l o , N . Y. , r e c e n t l y f a c e d t h e
s h u t - d ~ o f a d i v i s i o n e n g a g e d i n a n i m p o r t a n t w a r o r d e r . Tc ~ n ~ n c r l t h ~ d e l i v e r y o f
needed materialaj thePlan~t Manager ~s flown ~y C~ courlec pl~e~-h~ p~.aut of a
s u b - c o n t r a c t o r i ~ P ~ n n ~ y l v a n i a . " T h e r e s u l t " , w r i t e ~ T h o m a s R o b b i n s , J r. , P r e s i d e n t o f
t h e r u b b e r c o m p a n y, i n a l e t t e r t o t h e C A P C o u r i e r S t a t i o n a t B u f f a l o , " w a s t h a t a t r u c k i08~. of m~terisd l~ft that s~une evening an~ arrived in Buffalo the next morning. We are
c e r t a i n t h a t t h i s ~ i ~ h a v e b e e n i m p o ~ s l b l e e x c e p t f o r t h e c o o p e r a t i o n o f t h e C A P, w h i c h
enab!~d us to contl.,~ze, without &~y interruption, the production of vitally important
mi]Itar~ ~Irplane mat~ria!e."
N AV Y P I L O T S AV ~ ) - - L t . J o h n S h e l l e y o f W e ~ " ~ l e y, M a s s . , - . - a s s a v e ~ o f f t h e c o a s t o f M ~ e
la.~ week after his plane had Oeen ~pott~ ~ ~ ~ne water _*tom C.~P planes, according to
Associated Press dispatch. A companion Na~T plane came into ~ '~P fiel~ and the Navy men
were flown as observers in two CAP ~hips to ~earch for tls missing aircraft. After it
w a s f o u n ~ , a C A P p l a n e ~ e n ~ o u ~ t o 4 r e p fl . ~ r ~ s . T h u s g u i ~ e d , 5 t o ' ~ s m e n f r o m S u r r e y, M e . ,
d r o v e a l c ~ i c y h i g h w a y s a n d w e n t o u t i n , ~ . s m £ i l b o a ~ ~ o r e s c u e ~ , ~ . S h e l l y. ' t ~ e O A A '
p i l o t s o n t h e m ~ s s i o n w e r e L t s . D a v i d ~ a e r s c n , S o u t h C o v e n t r y. C o n n . , a n d L o v l s P f o u t s ,
B~rghill, Ohio. They took off after darl- without landing lights and returned to a dark
field. Naval authorities comm~n~ed C~P ~'or its part in th~ re~e which is one of many
incidents along the coast in which CAP ~s sav~-~ pers¢~m~, of ~er ~ervices.
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