File #1293: "CAP Bulletin No. 16, 15 May 1942.pdf"

CAP Bulletin No. 16, 15 May 1942.pdf

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Washington, D.C.

Unit Commanders :


SAVE AUTO MILEAGE--Gasoline rationing in the East and the serious rubber situation throughout
the country makes it the responsibility of each CAP Member to minimize the use of his automobile.
As before noted in the Bulletin, the Cleveland Group has tackled the problem of CAP transportation
by mapping the home end business location of each member in each Squadron area, with data on
available cars so the fellows can team up and come to meetings five in a car instead of one per car.
Units with a long haul to the airport or meeting place especially should expedite such plans.
Transportation Officers, it's up to you, both as a contribution to the national program to save
strategic materials and as a safeguard to the functioning of your units.

TORNADO SHOWS IMPORTANCE OF ORGANIZATION--When the recent tornado whirled over Pryor,
Oklahoma, G. H. Westby, Commander of Squadron 823-1, immediately set out in hie auto for an all night tour
of the stricken area. Reporting to Group Commander W. G. Green, he ordered his Squadron to the airport.
Shortly after dawn, 8 planes, equipped with 2-way radio, were warming up. The pilots and observers were in
uniform. The Adjutant was on hand with a typewriter to furnish formal orders to each plane, with a section for
each to cover in detail.
"The Squadron Commander," says Mr. Green, "is a stickler for CAP organization and formalities, which we
greatly appreciate." So does National Headquarters and so, we surmise, do the citizens of Pryor. A Squadron
ready for a cyclone which strikes without warning is also ready for sudden man-made emergencies in wartime.
The reconnaissance flights were important to trace the capricious pattern of devastation left behind as the
storm jumped from place to place, and to be sure that no sufferers were left isolated and unaided. Flight
Leader Clark Millison flew the Flight Surgeon, Dr. Pierre Charbonnet, who did an outstanding Job in taking
care of the injured.
Shortly after the Pryor disaster, another cyclone struck at Pawhuska. CAP was on the Job within 30 minutes.
Next morning at dawn, 16 ships were out to trace the exact path and report to Red Cross and other officials.

YEP! THE SAME GUY ! By Dick Shaw
is the name of the smartly
printed California Wing news-letter. It is edited by I.J.
Baldaseroni under the direction
of V. A. Kemmerrer, Wing Intelligence Officer who is doing an
outstanding job of Public relations. More than 4,000 column
inches of CAP news have appeared
in papers in his State. Wing
Commander Bertrand F. Rhine
brought the first issue of
WING TIPS in which appears Dick
Shaw's cartoon here reprinted.
keeping of strict confidence on all matters pertaining to military operations cannot be too often stressed.
Notes on this subject in CAP Bulletin No. 13 may well be read aloud in meetings and posted permanently.

SATILLITE FIELDS--Units in the Southeast, within the 4th CAP Region commanded by
MaJ. George W. Noland, have done effective reconnaissance to spot locations for satellite
landing fields both for the Army and Navy. Such fields are some distance away from major
military and civilian airports for safekeeping of aircraft by dispersal in case of enemy raids.
LOST BOMB FOUND--On notification that an Army bomber had disappeared on a night flight, Capt. Leo G.
Devaney, Oregon Wing Commander, quickly dispatched search flights and found the ship by mid-morning.
As 9th Regional Commander Harry K.
Coffee reports the mission, "This is a big country but the boys did a good job.

AMBULANCE UNIT--Group 933, Tacoma, Wash., has set up an ambulance unit with a staff of
eight, all qualified nurses or holders of Red Cross first aid cards. This ground unit has a
Dodge panel truck with complete ambulance equipment including two stretchers, first aid
supplies, and fire extinguishers. Mrs. Eva H. Hubert, Assistant Group Medical Officer, is in
charge. With such an auxiliary, the Group is ready in case of accident or raid.
BLACKOUT TESTS--Squadrons at Charlotte and Raleigh, N. C., have flown night flights
with several planes to test the effectiveness of blackouts. These volunteer
missions gave Just the information wanted by local defense officials on whose request
the flights were made.

SCREENING BOARD--On request from the Air Corps Basic Flying School at Bakersfield, the
California Wing has set up a screening Board to examine qualifications of civilian pilots applying
for appointment as officers with the Air Corps Flight Training Command. The opportunity for
service has been publicized and numerous applications for examination have been received.
STATE FOREST PATROL--Seven CAP pilots of the Portland, Me., Group are making one hour flights on a regular schedule of 14 hours a day to spot forest fires. This active duty mission is being flown at the request of Col. George E. Arnemann, commanding District One of the First Corps Area. Fires will
be reported immediately to county fire wardens via two-way radio and reports of each flight will be filed in Col. Arnemann’s office.

ACTIVE THOUGH GROUNDED--Though. civil aviation is still grounded on the West Coast,
the many CAP units along the Pacific are drilling and practicing with fine spirit, hopeful that
they will be called to flight duty. Group 919, Sacramento, Calif., has 400 members in uniform.

CAP DANCE HELD--A big and highly successful dance with music by a CAP band was held
last week by the Illinois Wing at the Lake Shore Athletic Club in Chicago.
RATION CARDS FLOWN--At the request of the State Sugar Rationing Board, two planes of
the Arkansas Wing flew 80,000 rationing cards in two planes to the Boards in two counties.
ICE PATROL— With the wind-up of the patrol mission over the Detroit River at the end of April,
the Michigan Wing had flown two flights daily over the entire river through the full month,
except on two days when the planes were grounded by weather. Messages were dropped to
surface vessels in waterproof containers. This was the mission that helped the ore boats get an
early start in the navigation season.