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CAP New Bulletin No. 7 10 March 1942.pdf

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Washington, D.C.
No. 7 March I0, 1942

Wing and Group Commanders: This is the time that will tell Whether the Civil
Air Patrol is tough enough to take it. A long, hard grind of work is starting.
A few units have wartime assignments and are doing them well. The job of the
rest is to train and practice. That is no less a test of their patriotism.
Most of the men are buckling down to it. But some aren't finding the Patrol exciting enough
with no bombs falling or paratroops to spot.
Some are pulling down the morale of their outfits by eternally complaining about the new
regulations instead of pitching in and making the most of things as they are.
They'd better be glad there is time to train and prepare; time to learn the teamwork needed
in real emergency. And they had better be glad they are granted an opportunity to fly at all.

Our keynote from now on out is MEN AT WORK. Remember we are not training as
individuals but as units; hard-hitting, disciplined units to function with wartime efficiency.
There is no place in this picture for the prima donna, the belly-acher, the grandstander,
or the fellow who wants to fly for fun and won't do his part in the ground work. Our units
on the West Coast, though grounded, are carrying on with their schooling, determined to
be ready if the call comes to them. Let their spirt be an example to all.
Here are the vital jobs the Patrol must now do:

i. Training. Discipline; coordination; specialized skill; military secrecy. These are
hard lessons that must be learned and practiced again and again until every last
man knows them. Training directives already announced encompass 230 hours
as a minimum even to approach full proficiency.
2. Airports. Keep them open. Most fields can carry on if a few
m e n v o l u n t e e r f o r g u a r d d u t y. A n y o n e n o t i n t e r e s t e d e n o u g h t o s t a n d h i s
turn doesn't be long in the air or in the Patrol.
3. Regulations. Help enforce them. The war dictated the present
rules. CAA made them as lenient as possible. Infractions will place all
c i v i l a v i a t i o n i n j e o p a r d y. C A P m u s t p o l i c e i t s o w n r a n k s a n d b e h a r d boiled.

4. Civil Defense. Cooperate. Awaiting opportunities for direct , work with the armed
forces, each unit can aid the civil defenses of its area wherever the use of planes or
the experience of airmen can help.
There is work for all; important work as the foundation of higher services to come.
When a CAP meeting is called, BE THERE. Every unit must be alerted and stay on
the alert at full operating strength. When on order is given, carry it out promptly and
smartly. It will take the unflagging effort of every man to make each unit ready.
We are counting on you to build an organization in which every member will be
proud to play a part. — EARLE L. JOHNSON. EXECUTIVE OFFICER.


ENLISTMENTS--CAP enlistment applications received in Washington now total 32,575, a
number equivalent to 32.9% of the total civilian pilot population of the continental United
States. Of these, more than 29,000 service records have been mailed back to the Wing
Commanders. Thus it is evident that the machinery of Washington clearance is
functioning efficiently and routine delays are not holding back the fast manning of units
out in the States.
In total registrants, New York is first with 2,689 and Ohio is second with 2,018. In
percentages, the Delaware Wing is first with a membership equivalent to 87.7% of the
pilot population of the State. New Hampshire comes second with 73%. Next in order are
Nevada, Maine, Indiana, and Kentucky, all over 60%. Figures for all States follow:

CAP ON TREASURE HUNT-- A treasure hunt, 1942 style, is being conducted among the
Junkyards of the country to locate scrap material vitally needed for war production. The
Illinois Wing of the Civil Air Patrol has received an urgent request from the War Production
Board as to the collection of salvage metal.
CAP pilots have been asked to fly over the entire State of Illinois to locate every group of
three or more junk automobiles and clusters of abandoned farm machinery. Accuracy is
required to spot every junk pile and to give full directions so that ground crews can find
each one.
Under instructions issued by R. K. Belt, Wing Adjutant, each Group Commander will divide
his area and give each Squadron a section commensurate with the Squadron strength.
Squadron Commanders are directed to assign sub-sections to their Flight Leaders with the
advice of staff Operations Officers. Each pilot shall be responsible for the preparation of a
detailed written report by his observer to be forwarded promptly to Wing Headquarters.
Reports will cover the kind, quantity, and whereabouts of each junk pile.
No time limit has been set. The missions is a test of how fast the units can go into action.
Performance of the mission does not excuse the violation of any laws or Army or Civil Air
Regulations. Other CAP Wings may well do the same job after checking with WPB officials
with the salvage work in their areas.


OPERATIONS ORDERS--From now on, all CAP flight missions must be under formal
operations orders signed by the Operations Officer of the unit or his deputy.
Protection under the master CAP insurance policies, credit toward CAP training
requirements, and reibursement of expenses will be denied on flights not so authorized.
Training Directive No. 15 covers the procedure which has been made as simple as
possible. It is important that orders be clear, complete and concise to avoid confusion.
AIR DISCIPLINE--The necessity for strict observance of wartime regulations is Stressed in
Operations Directive No. 4. Pilots are cautioned that, with their planes bearing CAP insignia, they
must rigidly live up to their responsibilities as Patrol members. On surveillance and search
missions, the operations orders are not a permit for hedge-hopping and unnecessary aerobatics.
Although certain missions, including pick-up message training, will require low flying, such flying
must be cleared with CAA Inspectors and Airport Managers. Unit commanders are instructed to
take prompt disciplinary action against any personnel under their command who break regulations
or engage in careless flying.
MERGER IN GEORGIA--The Air Force of the Georgia State Guard has been merged into the Civil
Air Patrol and will function in the future as the CAP after a conference between officers of the two
services. The consolidation brings some 200 new pilots into Squadrons of the CAP. The merger,
Georgia Wing Commander Winship Nunnally pointed out, will avoid duplication of personnel and
additional work which was placed upon the members of both organizations. The Georgia Air Force
is known as a well drilled outfit and the addition of these good flyers into the ranks of CAP is
mighty welcome.
CAA CONFERENCE **A meeting of CAA regional men was recently held in Washington to
discuss operations under the emergency regulations. Rules governing designated airports
were the principal topic. National officers of the CAP sat in and found the CAA representatives
keenly interested in Patrol problems and ready to cooperate. As a result of the pooling of
information from the various regions, the CAA men will go back to their posts with new
information which can be helpful in adjusting local situations.
AIR RAID REHEARSAL—A full-dress mock air raid has been conducted at Portland, Me., with the
assistance of CAP planes which took off to "defend the city." The test showed the need for much
larger civilian defense forces and an appeal was broadcast for volunteers. “Bridges were bombed
out, incendiary and high explosive bombs wrecked buildings and killed and wounded Citizens, one
section of the area was choked from gas attack, and saboteurs were active as 'enemy'

planes swooped down, according to the Portland PRESS-HERALD account of simulated damage.
WEATHER INFORMATION—CAP pilots and officers are receiving weather information on the same
basis as airline personnel, in line with an official letter sent by the Weather Bureau to all its stations.
With weather data classed as military information, CAO is taking every precaution to protect secrecy.
Weather stations receive current lists of local CAP members to whom data can be given.

-4WARM-UP MEETING-- A dinner meeting to acquaint pilots and aviation enthusiasts with the purposes of
the CAP was held in Knoxville recently. More than 200 pilots from Tennessee and adjacent States within a
200-mile radius attended. Held at the call of Guy McNeil under the auspices of the Tennessee Valley Air
Tour Club, the meeting was addressed by Col. Harry H. Blee, CAP Operations Officer, Capt. George
Noland, Regional Commander, and other Patrol officers.
FROM THE PAPERS--Here are more excerpts from newspapers across the country telling of the work of
State and local CAP units, with some good pointers on what to do and how to do it:
"The Civil Air Patrol launched a rapid survey Wednesday to list all men ages 27 to 45 in the 8th Corps
Area who have held private licenses from the CAA during the last five years, George Haddaway, Wing
Executive Officer, reported. The survey is expected to reveal between 3,000 and 4,000 pilots or former
pilots who are now too old for military flying but who will be extremely valuable in civilian flight work, thus
releasing many military pilots for combat duty." -- Dallas, Texas, TIMES-HERALD.
"With 26,000 Americans enIsted in the Civil Air Patrol, there doesn't seem to be much excuse for letting
Japan get away with an attack such as was staged at Santa Barbara....These civilian airmen form a mighty
defense reserve which will have to be reckoned with before that Japanese admiral carries out his boast of
dictating the peace in the White House."--Rock Island, Ill., ARGUS.
"Reports that planes had been flying illegally at one or two points in Kansas brought a sharp warning from
J. Howard Wilcox, Wing Commander of the Civil Air Patrol .... He emphasized that though the rules might
seem stringent to the flyers, they are necessary to prevent sabotage and the mapping of important points
by aerial photography . ... If unidentified planes are found flying, information will be cleared through
squadron and group intelligence officers and relayed to the wing office. Wilcox hastened to rid the work of
any semblance of tattling. 'It's going to be good practice in air intelligence', he said, 'and it is vital and
necessary, as a wartime measure. '"-Wichita, Kans., BEACON.
"Pontiac Chapter of the National Aeronautic Association voted Thursday evening to spend up to $400 to
equip members joining the newly organized Civil Air Patrol with regulation uniforms. Dr. H. A. Miller,
chapter president, said practically every member has signified his intention of enlisting."--Pontiac, Mich.,
"The Rhode Island Wing of the Civil Air Patrol is standing by on orders of MaJ. Gill Robb Wilson, Regional
CAP Commander at New York, to undertake any military mission assigned to it at a moment's notice."-Pawtucket, R.I., TIMES.
"Pilots of the CAP will have an opportunity Monday night to qualify for. third class radio operator's
certificates without which they cannot use 2-way radio hookups in flying.... Harold E. Cobb, Commander of
Group 3, has received word that a representative of the Federal Communications Commission will be at
the Extension School of Syracuse University to examine pilots."--Syracuse, N.Y., HERALD-AMERICAN.
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