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CAP News Bulletin No. 6 6 March 1942.pdf

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March 6, 1942

TO: Wing and Group Commanders

CRASH INSURANCE--In addition to the liability and property damage insurance to be written
for the protection of CAP members, as announced in last week's Bulletin, crash insurance
coverage is being arranged to insure damage to planes on CAP assignments.
While liability insurance will be required for all CAP flying at a small premium, the crash
insurance will be paid for by the Government when flying is done for the armed services or
Federal. agencies.
FINGERPRINTS AND PHOTOS--Completion of CAP enlistment applications can be speeded
by bringing fingerprint men to local meetings so that all the necessary routine can be run
through on the spot. Dick Conner, Executive Officer of a Chicago Squadron reports, "At our
meetings we brought our own photographer and fingerprint expert and did a rushing business
getting applications out." At Wilmington, Del., local and State police have come to meetings to
handle the fingerprinting. At Salt Lake City, an inspector from CAA was in charge.
(AIR MARKERS CHECKED--Among the units cooperating with CAA in checking the location and
condition of air markers and in verifying the obliteration and screening of markers in coastal areas, the
West Virginia Wing is conducting a State-wide program.
According to Wing Commander David M. Giltman, this is being conducted as Flight Problem No. 1. Each
Group Commander is provided with a list Of locations in his area. These in turn are broken down into
Squadron areas. Assignments, based on ability of pilots, are issued by Flight Leaders. Pilots are required
to make out careful flight plans with estimated time and gasoline consumption to be checked against
performance. This will give good information on every marker in the State and permit prompt and well
planned orders for screening if necessary. In Lansing, Mich., the Patrol is making a check of markers at
the request of the Mayor.
AIRPORT GUARDS--To explain the emergency airport regulations, Alabama CAP officers flew in a CAP
ship in cooperation with CAA to consult with local officials throughout the state. As a result, guards were
furnished by municipalities and several airports which otherwise would have been closed have been kept
open, it is reported by Alabama Wing Executive Officer Hayden Brooks.
NEWS FROM MANY UNITS—Intense public interest in CAP activities is evidenced by news clippings
received at headquarters from all parts of the Country. Here are a few which may contain ideas applicable
to other units:
"Instructions for flight training as given by Squadron Leader Nowell G. Roth include a months work which
"must be finished in two weeks. The training will include flight missions in discharge of Civil Air Patrol
duties in connection with a simulated disaster emergency either to aircraft or to some ground facility."
Ottumwa, Iowa, COURIER.
“Buckling valley fogs which cluing tenaciously to the rims of the hills, two flights of Patrol planes flying in V
formation carried out missions over north central Idaho while a third was turned back by weather. Civilian

were unanimous in declaring ‘this is fun and I hope we do more of it’.” Lewiston, Idaho, TRIBUNE
"Civil Air. Patrol squadrons in the Detroit area are losing pilots to the Army and Navy almost as
fast as they signed by CAP. The Army Air Corps Ferrying Command has accepted six. Three
have gone to the Navy and one to TWA." Detroit, Mich., NEWS.
"Hartford members of the Connecticut Wing of the CAP met Thursday evening in the Henry
Barnard School. The meetimg was of a confidential nature and all members had to present CAP
identlflcation cards for admittance. Officers of the group decline to tell the reason for the meeting."
Hartford, Conn., COURANT.
"Ten Denver WPA employes are attending ground school in the Civil Air Patrol hangar at Municipal
Airport. Purpose is to train trustworthy workmen who can take over servicing jobs that consume
too much valuable time of the skilled mechanics.
Extreme caution is drilled into the men every minute of the training period. By the time they are
finished the course, they ate thoroughly aware that one slip on the ground my conceivably mean
loss of lives of a pilot and his crew." Denver, Colo., NEWS.
“Use of the Civil Air Patrol to spot forest fires and aid in combatting them is likely to be one of the
functions of the organization of pilots now being formed, according to Sheldon B. (Buck) Steers,
Michigan Wing Commander. Steers said that members of the Michigan Conservation Commission
had contacted, him to learn whether it would be possible to engage CAP pilots for such work this
summer and fall." Detroit, Mich,, NEWS.
"Mayor Gordon B. Ambler yesterday inspected the First Composite Group, Virginia Flying Corps,
and said he was greatly impressed with the discipline, military organization, and ability of the
group. The State Flying Corps staff also works as the State staff of the Civil Air Patrol." Richmond,
“Oregon"s civilian fliers, men and women, are rallying to the colors. Five hundred of the State’s
1,600 licensed pilots, several hundred of whom already have joined. the air forces, have already
enlisted in the Civil Air Patrol. In spite of the fact that all civilian flying has been banned,
temporarily at least, from Western Oregon all of them are tackling an 80-hour ground course in
order to fit themselves for active duty.” Portland, Ore., OREGON JOURNAL.
“The work of making a register of all civilian aircraft operating out of the Wichita Airport has been
started by the officers of Wichita’s Civil Air Patrol, at the request of airport officials, according to
Lloyd McJunkin, Commander of the Wichita Group.” Wichita, Kansas, BEACON.
"Arrangements were made whereby two patrol members would attend the city's senior warden
school that Civil Air Patrol might cooperate with the other

defense units. ”Paducah, Kentucky, SUN-DEMOCRAT