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CAP News Bulletin No. 22, 26 June 1942.pdf

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Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C .
June 26, 1942

U n i t C o m m a n d e r s : T h e e x p e r i m e n t a l c o u r i e r s e r v i c e d e v e l o p e d b y t h e N e w Yo r k W i n g , t o
carry essential merchandise and personnel between war industry plants and their subcontractors, started this week as indicated in CAP Bulletin No. 20. Several other
Wings are negotiating along similar lines The experience thus gained will be reported
as the program progresses. The more the unit officers in each locality use their
initiative and imagination in developing such. useful jobs for the Patrol, the sooner
the pilots and planes of CAP will find opportunities for service on a broad scale.
RED CROSS--CAP has offered services to the American Red Cross wherever the use of planes
c a n a i d i n d i s a s t e r r e l i e f . A l r e a d y, i n fl o o d a n d t o r n a d o a r e a s , C A P u n i t s h a v e s p r u n g
into immediate action. The program under discussion with Red Cross representatives in
Washington calls for advance planning in each locality so that the Patrol may be ready
to act as the air service of the Red Cross and will be trained for the type of emergencies which are foreseen by local disaster committee chairmen.

FOREST PATROL--In State after State, arrangements are being completed for service of CAP
planes in patrolling forest areas and guarding against the serious danger of incendiary fires in the
dry season. The Colorado Wing reports the drafting of a contract with the Forestry Division in that
State whose officials plan to use CAP services wherever possible and have furnished parachutes
and radio equipment. Their supervisors are working with the Patrol on training missions involving
radio communication and the dropping of supplies by parachute.
IOWA --The Iowa Wing Executive Bulletin is full of ideas this week. It reports that the Wing staff is
committed to a policy of visiting every Squadron in the State at least every six weeks. It
recommends the training of deputy staff officers for every staff position so there will be
understudies ready to take over when officers leave for active service. New staff members should
receive letters from Wing Headquarters as proof of authority. Squadron consolidations are being
effected when this strengthens the organization. Members are advised to take their first aid classes
at the nearest point rather than use rubber in traveling to where their Squadrons meet. A single
place for receipt of unit mail is recommended. This is important. Directives still are not getting
through to local units in some areas. Squadron 722-4 at Davenport has devised a system to reach
its 101 members quickly in emergency. In the first test, all were contacted in 30 minutes but that
wasn't good enough for Davenport so they worked over the plan and did it in 20 minutes. It turns
out that the way the lads at Sioux City got the warning out that the river was rising was by painting
"FLOOD" in large letters with whitewash on their airplanes and flying over the countryside.
AIR RAID--In cooperation with the Aircraft Warning Service, the Oklahoma Wing is planning a series of mock
air raids throughout the State on July. All the 10 Oklahoma Groups will send planes aloft promptly at 10:00
a.m. Every available CAP plane will be used and nearly every county in the State will be raided. The Air Raid
Wardens will alert ground observers from 9:00 to 10:00. The watchers will spot the planes and telephone
their expected courses to the nearest town where the public will be notified by the blare of sirens.
RADIOS FURNISHED—The State of North Carolina, through Governor J. M. Broughton and Civilian Defense
Director Ben E. Douglas, has donated 10 two-way radios to the North Carolina Wing for use during floods,
fires, and other emergencies.



PHYSICAL PREPAREDNESS--Physical fitness and preparedness for active duty missions are stressed in the
program of the Georgia Wing. Members are given routine Army immmniza-" 1 tions against typhoid, tetanus,
and smallpox. They are blood typed and full records are kept. Any member going into active military service
takes his record card with him. To date, CAP Immnnlza~1ons have been accepted and additional
Innoculations are not required on entering the Army. Members also have their own "dog tags" carrying their
names, serial numbers, date of tetanus immunization, blood type, religion, and name of next of kin. Thus a
wounded man is tagged correctly even in the dark.
The Wing Surgeon, Dr. Paul L. Hudson, has been commissioned a Major, M. C., in the Georgia State Guard
and assigned to the Patrol. He is ably assisted by Squadron Surgeons and has secured fine cooperation from
Army medical officers in the area. From private sources, free hospitalization for CAP members injured in line
of duty has been arranged. Dr. Hudson has developed a system of mass innoculation to avoid epidemics of
fainting in line, not uncommon in the Army, especially among new recruits. Although there are a good many
women in the ranks of the Georgia Wing, there has not.been one case of fainting in drills of the Patrol.

CARRIER PIGEONS--The Nevada Wing has completed a series of experiments in releasing
carrier pigeons from airplanes. All returned promptly and without injury to their base
l 0 m i l e s a w a y. S o m e w e r e r e l e a s e d f r o m t h e r i g h t s i d e i n a b a n k o f a b o u t 3 0 ~ O n e w a s
released in a level flight with the plane slowed down to minimum speed. Further experiments are being made as to equil~ent to transport pigeons on horseback for use of the
Mounted Command.
FL00D. AND RESCUE MISSIONS--Durlng a recent flood in the Denver area, planes of the Colorado wing patrolled the flooded area locating washed out bridges, impassible highways,
and marooned persons, and keeping in constant touch with the State Highway Department[h
Some weeks ago, the members at Colorado Springs dropped food and supplies to four
persons marooned in a snow storm in the Pikes Peak area~ The Pueblo unit was called
o u t b y S t a t e P o l i c e t o h e l p l o c a t e t h e c a r o f a n e s c a p e d m n r d e r e r. D e n v e r p i l o t s h a v e
flown a missing plane mission.
T E X A S ~ U A R D J O I N S - - E f f e c t i v e J u n e 1 9 , t h e a v i a t i o n b r a n c h o f t h e Te x a s D e f e n s e G u a r d ,
numbering~ll officers, 544 enlisted men, and 390 planes Was mustered out and its units
w i l l ~ m e r g e w i t h t h e Te x a s W i n g o f t h e C i v i l A i r P a t r o l . T h i s d e c i s i o n w a s r e a c h e d b y
G o v e r n o r C o l e R . S t e v e n s o n a n d S t a t e A d j u t a n t G e n e r a l J . Wa t t P a g e b e c a u s e o f t h e
i n t e r s t a t e c h a r a c t e r o f a v i a t i o n s e r v i c e s i n w a r t i m e . Te x a s w a s J u s t l y p r o u d o f i t s
air arm, an active and well drilled organization, but decided to merge with the national
a c t l v i t i e s o f t h e P a t r o l w h o s e Te x a s W i n g , b e f o r e t h e m e r g e r , n u m b e r e d m o r e t h a n 2 , 0 0 0
m e m b e r s . M a J . E a r l e L . J o h n s o n , N a t i o n a l C o m m a n d e r o f t h e C A P, r e c e n t l y fl e w t o Te x a s "
to attend ceremonies effecting the change and to welcome this fine group of airmen into
the Patrol.
t~HARE-RIDE PLAN--The plan developed by the Cleveland CAP to save rubber and gas by the
C~='~,~ 6f available auto seats among the members has been taken up on a city-wlde basis.
~~~f~sportation Officer George H. Scragg, who devised the plaa., is co-chai~ of
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