File #1569: "CAP News Bulletin No. 27, 31 July 1942.pdf"

CAP News Bulletin No. 27, 31 July 1942.pdf

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July 31, 1942
Unit Commanders—Here is a break for the pilots with little planes and a moderate number of hours in their log
books. Up to now, assignments to active duty have been mainly for the coastal patrol which requires heavier
ships and the best skill that is available in the ranks of CAP. But CAP units have been drilling and practicing
with a view to the utilization of all members in the war effort.
SMALL PLANES FOR COURIER DUTY—Under a new policy announced by National Headquarters, only
planes under 90 horsepower will be assigned to courier service henceforth. By this ruling, this inland service,
which is expected to be the largest undertaking of the Patrol, is placed in the hands of the, majority of the
members; the men end women who are flying Piper Cubs, Taylorcraft, Aeroncas, and light planes of this
general class.
The way things are going, the larger planes will be needed on other duties.
The Axrmy and CAA have acquired many of those which were in private hands when the CAP started. It is
important that those which are left be conserved for missions on which small ships can not be need. Members
with airworthy planes 90 horsepower and over are urged to notify National Headquarters through Wing
channels. Some revisions in hourly rental rates will be made in a new directive to be issued soon. Rates in the
lower horsepower brackets will be increased.
A new General Memorandum (GM-48) has been issued on courier service so that local units will have an
established procedure to follow in setting up regular courier stations in their areas. In several Wings,
operations on behalf of war industries are in motion. Meanwhile, courier services for the armed forces are fast
developing and are under way on a wide scale in the Southwest. In terms of fast transportation of small but
vital shipments, ferrying of personnel on urgent missions, and replacement of military planes and airmen for
other duties, the implications are tremendous.
LIGRT PLANE FERRYING--The Pennsylvania Wing announces that CAP pilots have been assigned to ferry
light planes from the Piper Aircraft plant at Lock Haven to training centers in the midwest. Women members
are included in this work. Among the first to take off was Miss Jessie Jones of Lancaster. In the Ohio Wing,
deliveries are being made for Taylorcraft. Previously much of this ferrying was done by highly skilled multimotor ferrying pilots whose services are needed for the type of equipment with which they are familiar.
UNIFORMS--Directives have now been issued covering the new uniform and insignia regulations and the
officer grades which will be accorded to CAP unit commanders and staff. Appointments will be made from
National Headquarters only for those officers who are active in the Patrol and have completed all the basic
CAP training directives.
Wing Commanders have been asked to undertake reorganizations in any case where a unit is is inactive and
to replace officers who are unable to perform their duties. Obviously the military titles to be issued are not
merely honorary designations but must be based strictly on merit, accomplishment, and proof of capacity. With
the new directives color samples for the red shoulder straps have been distributed to all CAP units so the
necessary tailoring can be done. Steps are being taken fast as possible to get the new insignia made up and
ready for distribution. With their special trimmings, the CAP uniforms will be very snappy indeed.

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NO MAPS--Distribution of sectional and regional aeronautical charts to CAP is now limited to active
duty missions; no more for practice missions. We have received some indignant letters from members
who want maps. No use. Maps not only are restricted for reasons of military secrecy but are scarce
due to wartime demands.
Members and units now possessing maps must use extreme care in safeguarding them.
The CAP Group at Cincinnati has made its own special map of its area for restricted use among Group
CAP SUPPLIES--In requesting material such as letterhead paper, envelopes, directives, and
application blanks from CAP Headquarters, Wing offices are asked to hold requests to actual needs
which are in sight. We want to send everything the Wings actually have to have in their operations but
some very large requests come in from time to time and there are limits on what we can distribute.
CHANNELS--Attention is directed again to the need for addressing communications through channels.
We still get a good mary letters from individual members with questions which they can answer for
themselves if they will read the directives.
Wing, Group, and Squadron Officers, please expedite distribution of all memoranda and directives.
They don’t do any good in the back of your desk drawers. They are for the information and guidance of
the membership. Please get them around.
NEWSLETTERS--To the growing list of CAP news bulletins is added SKY PATROL, published by
Indiana Wing Headquarters. With a red and blue heading on buff paper, this 4-page newsletter has on
its cover an eagle in full flight, bearing the CAP emblem.
Members in are still continuing their hunt for scrap material. Group 523 at Ft. Wayne found an
abandoned bridge and reported a number of old schoolhouse bells that could be used for vitally
needed brass and bronze. Squadron 524-1, Lafayette, has received a gift of $4,000 from the local Elks
lodge to buy planes and equipment and has purchased a cub trainer available to members.
RADIO--Members definitely assigned to active duty by Wing Headquarters and in need of licenses for
radio installations on their planes should advise National Headquarters immediately on filing YCC
applications. Give details, NC number, make of plane, duty assignment, and name of commanding
officer. We cannot certify military need to YCC without this information.
FLOOD MISSION--A flood reconnaissance mission was flown by the Bradford, Pa., Squadron over
four stricken counties in northern Pennsylvania. CAP flyers, according to Wing Executive Officer E. S.
Butch, acted as eyes for ground rescue crews by listing washed out bridges and blocked roads; helped
search for missing persons; and reported generally on flood conditions. When the Squadron was
grounded by bad weather, members rushed serum to doctors by truck.
HOUR GUARD--Squadron 152-1, South Meriden, Conn., is composed of members so interested in
flying that they have maintained a 24-hour guard at their airport ever since the emergency regulations
became effective. On various occasions, Army pilots have landed at the field and have been given
transportation, information, and all needed servicing.
PARACHUTING—The Michigan Wing has secured the permission of the owners of Wings Airport near
Detroit, and CAA clearances for extensive parachute, training activities. The program, now beginning,
is planned to include parachute jumping, packing, and dropping of supplies.

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