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CAP News Bulletin No. 28, 07 August 1942.pdf

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August 7, 1942

Unit Commanders—As visitors come into National Headquarters, we still find some members -- even
including Squadron Commanders -- who do not know about this bulletin.
This is an indication that distribution channels are clogged somewhere within the Wing. All Wing and Group
offices are supplied with copies of the CAP bulletin each week. Since this is our means of advising all
members what has happened and what’s cooking, it is important that all have access to it by posting on
bulletin boards or by other means.
REORGANIZATION—With the appointment of CAP officers to wear insignia of rank, it is desirable that
simplifications of organization be undertaken within the Wings where necessary, While, for example, there
are many vigorous Group Commands, in some regions there are Groups with only one or two small
Squadrons. In other cases, Squadrons have fallen below the required minimum of 50 members, to the
entrance of men into the armed services, and should be recruited up to strength or else reorganized as
Flights. As applications for appointment of officers come in, these cases will be reviewed. All CAP Wing
Commanders have been asked, in the letters appointing them as officers, to look into such situations and
undertake necessary changes which, it is anticipated, will greatly strengthen the organization.

COURIER—Group 216, Buffalo, N. Y., announces formation of the 2nd Courier Command at Buffalo
Municipal Airport. A plane with pilot is on duty during daylight hours to carry passengers and freight on
tripe which will aid the war effort, to and from any point. Through the help of local industries, a regular
office has been established at the airport. Group 213, Syracuse, N. Y., is fast organizing a courier
station. The Jamestown, N. Y., Squadron, by flying a shipment of urgently needed parts to a plane at
Buffalo, kept in operation an assembly line in the Packard Motor Company at Detroit where work
would have been suspended had not the consignment been rushed through. Plans for similar service
at other points are developing rapidly pursuant to GM-48 which has been sent to all CAP units.
PRIORITIES EXPEDITED—At the request of the Aircraft Branch, War Production Board, a special
WPB memorandum has been distributed through CAP channels for the information of distributors who
may be experiencing difficulty in obtaining material to sell for CAP use. The Aircraft Branch feels that
the trouble may be due to lack of publicity given to the plan for assignment of preference ratios to
distributors. Copies of Form PD-1X, Limitation Order L-63 as amended, and Report Form 336 may be
obtained from local WPB field offices. Upon receipt of a properly executed PD-1X form, WPB will
attempt to assign such a rating as is necessary to build up a stock of aircraft parts in the hands of
distributors to a required minimum. Distributors are enabled to obtain additional ratings to replace
materials in their inventories even though they may have made sales from the inventories which were
not covered by preference ratings.
EASTERN AREA—Last Sunday was the deadline for all non-military flying in the new restricted coastal area
between the tip of Maine and the tip of North Carolina. Planes within this zone had to be removed or else
rendered non flyable. Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut are most seriously affected since they have
little remaining area in which flying can continue. A large part of the other States affected is still flyable for CAP
practice missions and there will be a great deal of week-end commuting to new inland fields where Squadrons
have moved their planes. At this time, the Army
officers concerned have plenty to do in getting the plan into operation. Clarification will be sought shortly as to the
status of courier service, now grounded in the restricted zone, with the hope that missions may be authorized.

BIRMINGHAM “BOMBED”—The most spectacular civilian defense demonstration yet staged broke upon
Birmingham last Monday when, without warning, 50 planes of the Alabama Wing converged upon the city to drop
more than 6,000 "bombs" over the business and industrial districts. Tagged with red and yeller streamers, to mark
them as incendiary or high explosive missiles, bags of sawdust were tossed upon every objective. Ground personnel
was kept busy simulating every step in putting out simulated fires and evacuating people supposed to be injured, as
if the sawbust bombs were real. Operating under secret orders, the planes arrived from several fields with perfect
synchronization for a 30-minute attack. Each pilot had detailed instructions as to the objectives to be covered.

AIR CAVALCADE—When the Amry’s Air Cavalcade comes to town to display America's air might to
the public, the local CAP can be of great assistance in ground arrangements. The Pittsburgh unit
was complimented for its action as follows: “The efficient manner in which the CAP managed the
details of guarding the ships and handling the crowds relieved the Cavalcade personnel of a great
deal of work as well as anxiety. Those members who participated are to be commended."
MEDICAL SUPPLIES—The Medical and Surgical Relief Committee, 420 Lexington Ave., New York
City, is organized throughout the country to provide emergency medical field Cabinets for disaster
relief and other work of the type often done by CAP units in time of local crisis. Dr. Joseph P. Houget,
Medical Director of the Committee, has kindly offered to cooperate with the Patrol. Units with urgent
need for these supplies may communicate with him.
THINK ABOUT SHOW--In sweltering August, it is none too early to think about assembling the necessary
equipment for snow removal on airports next winter. This word has gone out to CAP officers in the northern
Cooperation with the National Ski Patrol likewise should be planned on a year-round basis. These patrols,
which have worked closely with CAP in some areas, learn terrain so that they are fully familiar with the back
country and can act as guides or scouts for the Army whenever their services are required. Aerial assistance
from CAP can be of great value in this work while the ski experts may help the patrol in such work as winter
rescue missions to reach lost planes located by CAP observers.
OFFICERS SIGNATURES—In signing letters, it is important that CAP officers use their rank designations correctly.
Following are examples:
John A. Jones
Frank B. Smith
Major, Civil Air Patrol
1st Lieutenant, Civil Air Patrol Commanding Wing 99
Acting in Command, Group 991

George Brown
Flight Officer, Civil Air Patrol Deputy Flight
Leader, 118-2a

William Green
2nd Lieutenant, Civil Air Patrol
I n t e l l i g e n c e O f fi c e r, S q u a d r o n 2 ~ 8 - 2

SEARCHLIGHT DRILL--In Portland, Me., CAP planes have been exercising the searchlight crews with night flights for spotting practice.

NEWSLETTERS—More and more wings, and a growing number of Groups and Squadrons, are coming out
with their own bulletins. Pennsylvania has produced the first of KEYSTONE WING SLIP, multigraphed with
pictures and an attractive green coyer bearing the keystone emblem of the State with wings attached.
Governor Arthur W. James has written a letter of congratulations for the No. 1 issue. South Dakota is in
publication. One of the features of its bulletin is a series of biographical sketches of CAP officers. Squadron
211-4, Staten Island, N.Y., has long been producing a newsy sheet of its own. So has Squadron 761- Omaha,
Nebraska. Latest issue carried a questionnaire to help members solve the problem of transportation. The
August issue of Group 514 News is especially good; carries a composite picture page of CAP activities.