File #1228: "CAP News Bulletin Vol. IV No. 3 19 January 1945.pdf"

CAP News Bulletin Vol. IV No. 3 19 January 1945.pdf

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T0~ TARGET WORK COI.IPLFTED-—Closing-of CAP^ s two remaining tow target bases as















press nex; Monday. Ail othsr f^vivitios of« the 4j8-StP.te CAP organization




Towing of aerial gunnery targets, together with "tracking" for anti

aircraft aiming practice and night flights over the searchlights, was one of
the Jobs CAP undertcrh early in the war to relieve Arn^ planes and airmen
f o r c o m b a t , I To v ; t h e A A F i s p r e p o r e d t o t a k e o v e r .

In a statement of oonmter.dation. Brig. Gen. W. W. V/elsh. Assistant Chief
of Air Staff.. Ti-aining.: declared in part.I "Performance has met the standards
of the AAF itself. It is a job well done."
The TTings and local units of CAP stand to gain by the return of the
tow target personnel, many of ■v^om are veterans of the CAP Coastal Patrol.
Their accomplishments; while among the known Jobs of CAP, rank with
the best that the Patrol has done. .Further details are given in the. press
r e l e a s e w. i i c h h a s b e e n s e n t t o e a c h Ti Ti n g H e a d q u a r t e r s .

r.'AR CIVILIAN SBCURITY-'-Although it vms earlier thought that the Tiar Civilian
S e c u r i t y P r o g r a m m i g h t e n d a t t h e t u r n o f t h e y e a r, i t i s s t i l l g o i n g o n . I t
provides,as all are probably aware, certain payments in oases of injury or death
i n l i n e o f d u t y o n c e r t a i n m r - c o n n e c t e d w o r k i n c l u d i n g C A P.
Meamvhile, as explained in News Bulletin Ro. 1, steps had been taken by .
this Headquarters to work out an alternate plan so that protection would be
available to all CAP members who might '.vant it. Reports indicate that many
members like the plan and expect to avail themselves of it v/hile others are
considering their own local arrnngemonts. Efforts will bo made to keep the

membership currently informed ns to the status of the Civilian Security Program.
SURVEY5--Looking ahead, some units have been making surveys as to the train-

ing coursos most 'wantod by the nerabers and of the aviation occupations \vhich
t h e c a d e t s m o s t d e s i r e t o e n t e r. I n a d d i t i o n , a r e a s u r v e y s c a n p r o fi t a b l y
be made — surveys of sites for emergency landing fields; canvasses to spot
whore aviation interest can best bo developed by the formation of new CAP
u n i t s .

CADET QUOTAS—To meet the goal of 250,000 CAP Cadets, each State V/ing has
been assigned a quota based on population. Several TJings have reached a high
percent of their quotas. At the present rate of progress it should not be
long before those in the vanguard begin to go over the top.

Now Hrjnpshire is in the lead with approximately 80^ of its quota of 1,000

'cadets already achieved. Rhode Island is in second place and is pushing hard
toward its goal of 1,500. This week more than 1,100 senior and cadet members,

despite heavy snov/, mobilized in the Aimory f'-'t Providence for a reviev^ by the

National Commander and put on as pretty a drill as anyone could hope to see.
The Providence women's Squadron J^lone has 300 cadets and a waiting list.
COYOTE HUNT--CAP flyers and ground parties held rendezvous in Osage County,
Oklahom, this week for another coyote hunt to reduce losses of livestock
w h i c h h a v e b e e n h i g h d u r i n g t h e w r. r. P r e d a t o r y a n i m a l s h a v e m u l t i p l i e d v / i t h
so many of the hunters away on the bigger hunt for Japs and Nazis. One plane

parked overnight v/as minus a stabilizer the next morning. "A horse grazing
nearby v/as blamed for the nibbling", according to an Associated Press story,
"or it might have been a coyote. They're tricky."








AIR FORCE JIAGAZINE—Senior and cadet members who have been sharing the lim-

ited number of c^ies of Air Force distributed each month to all Wings of
CAP may novr place personal subscriptions, if they wish, for this official
magazine of the AAF. The price is per year for 12 issues, packed with
articles, news, and pictures of the work of the Air Forces around the world*

Send check or money order (do not send stamps) to Superintendent of Documents,
Government Printing Office, Vfoshingten 25, D, C, Single copies may be pur**
chased at ?.0^,

LABEL YOUR CLIPPINGS—Home town newspaper stories about the exploits of AAF
airmen and units in combat should be carefully labeled by CAP units as te

the name of paper, date, and place before the clippings are sent to Wash
ington. CAP labels remain on the clippings sent overseas. Thus an airmen

from Boston or Hemphis or Minneapolis knows that his home Squadron of the
Patrol is performing" this volunteer service for him.
Most of the Wings and some Groups and Squadrons have special labels

printed# The New Hampshire Wing, for example, uses small slips, 2" x Sg",
which read: "Civil Air" Patrol," N.H. Tling, Press Clipping Service." Four

lines follow for entry of "paper, .city, date, uiiit»'' _ If the clipping is

from page one of the paper, it is well to v/rite that in#

Send in clippings promptly, straight from local unit to Col. William
Westlake, Bureau of Public Relations, War Department, Washington 25, D. C.
Send AAF clippings only, to this addressj not clippings relating to other
branches of the service." Don't send through channels and don't let clips
a c c u m u l a t e . M a i l t h o r n d i r e c t l y, e a r l y a n d o f t e n .

WING RADIO SY5TE:i—Pennsylvania '.'Ving will soon build its radio, system to
at. least 50 units.. According to Keystone Wing Slip, "The successful demon
stration of the utility and need for CAP-'IEKS radio units at the Wing Train

ing Encaripment at tho Reading Air Bise has been a spur to activity throughout
the Wing to procure and license radio units."
LION HUilTE^—.The judge of the Johnson Coimty Court in Indiana, according to
Sky Pr^ro'll the Wing Paper, amazed the officers of Group 527 by driving up
to one of their maneuvers and asking for planes to help track dov/n a moimtain
l i o n w h i c h h r d b e e n k i l l i n g l i v e s t o c k i n t h e v i c i n i t y.

FLYER'CREDITS CAPC TRAEIING—"2nd Lt. Stanley M. Sharp", the ..

Oregon Journal, Portland, "home oii leave^for the first time since he enlisted

in the Air Corps^ July 5, 1943, advises all youths interested in flying to

join the Civil Air Patrol for primary training. LTiile r student at Grant
High School.. Sharp wr.s on ardent student under Capt,- A1 Vaughan, commander
of Portland Squadron, CAP. His classes in nn-vLgntioh, weather reading, codes,
leadership and discipline helped him immeasurably and gave him confidence
when he got into the real thing. ... He received his wings at Marfa, Texas,
and at the same tine was presented with a plaque for outstanding accomplish

ANOTHER NIGHT LAIJDING—With, the aid of , the Huntington Squadron" of the CAP

'and passing motcritts vho stopped and turned their headlights on the field,
a' Cessna. Army trainer plane, v;hich was in trouble and short of gas, landed

safely on'the night of ,Jan, 5, according to the Huntington, W. Va., Herald-

, Dispatch. Radio Operator Helen Johnson of the CAA station at the airport ■
received a call for assistance from the' plane. She called CAP and stopped

passing motorists. The flyers were tv/o Amy Lieutenants who had rim into
bad weather vdiich had depleted thoir fuel supply.