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Vol. l, No.4

Official Publication of the Nebraska Wing—CIVIL AIR PATROL

November, 1942

Our Adjutant Schooled Army Authorizes
Sqadrons Can Form
In Administration
Cadet Counterparts
Courier Service By
Nebraska Wing Commander Harry B.

There's a blonde reason why wing head

Sidles has'asked each SQuadroa in tbe wing
to begin organization o{ its CAP cadet coun

quarters office functions so smoothly—
She, the reason, is Miss Dorothy. 0. Orr,
the wing adjutant, who sees that the letters
a r e a n s w e r e d p r o m p t l y, m a i n t a i n s a h i g h l y
efficient filing system and; in general, sees
to It thai the wheels of the headquarters


Blank applications for. membership in the
Junior organization have bee.n sent to all
squadrons, and in Omaha many high school

Nebraska Wing
The Nebraska wing of the Civil Air Patrol
began courier service for the army air corps
o n M o n d a y, N o v e m b e r 1 6 . -

L t . To m E p s e n , O p e r a t i o n s O f fi c e r f o r
Omaha No. 1 Squadron initiated the first
'schedule—from Omaha to Ainsworth and re

since this is a local program. On formation

m a c h i n e r y k e e p t u r n i n g s m o o t h l y.
By training and experience, Adjutant Orr
is well equipped for the task. She received
her education at Lincoln High school, George
school in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Uni*

of a CAPC unit, provisional command offi
cers will be appointed by the CAP unit com

versity of Nebraska, and Drexel Institute of.
Te c h n o l o g y, a t P h i l a d e l p h i a , w h e r e s h e r e -

made the first flight from Omaha to Topeka,

m a n d e r. a n d t r a i n i n g w i l l s t a r t a t o n c e .
When the CAPC unit has progressed suffi

cieved a B. S. in business administration.

L e a d e r J a m e s W. R i t c h e y o f To p e k a , o p e r

boys and girls have called at wing head
quarters for the blanks.

Each sq^uadron may decide on how it will
go about organizing Its own junior unit«

turn. Lt, Carl Lang, Operations Officer for
Omaha Squadron No. 2 is flying the roundtrip between Omaha and Sioux City, Capt.
V i c S c h r o e d e r, W i n g O p e r a t i o n s O f fi c e r,

but this has since been taken over by Flight
ating out of Nebraska's Base No. 3, which
is temporarily at Omaha.
The Nebraska Wing expects additional as

c i e n t l y, i t w i l l e l e c t i t s c o m m a n d a n d s t a f f

officers; to be confirmed by the' CAP unit
c o m m a n d e r, a n d w i l l fi l l s u b s e q u e n t v a c a n

signments soon, and. probably the base then

cies by election. At the option of the parent

will be moved outstate. For the present Maj.

CAP unit, drill, classes and field exercises

Harry B. Sidles, Wing Commander, is acting

m a y b e h e l d s e p a r a t e l y, o r c o m b i n e d w i t h

as Base Commander and Capt. Schroeder as

those of the parent unit.

O p e r a t i o n s O f fi c e r.

Each CAPC applicant must have a senior

"Applications for pilots who wish to take
part, in this assignment are in the hands of
squadron commanders,*' Sidles said, "and
every pilot who can take advantage of this
opportunity is urged to apply at once."
"Remember that this is not only an oppor

s p o n s o r. T h e a p p l i c a t i o n b l a n k r e q u i r e s
thumb print three photos, and requires the
applicant to sign an oath.


tunity to do a real service for your country,
but a chance to build up your flying time so
that you can be of even greater service later

wing Commander Harry B. Sidles has ac
cepted the responsibility of arran^ng for
the extinguishing of airport lights in Ne


braska, in case of a state-wide blackout.

Although the CAA officials are responsible
for extinguishing CAA beacons and radio
tower lights, the OCD (of which the CAP is
a p a r t ) m u s t s e e t o i t th a t p r o p e r a r r a n g e
ments are made for blacking out other aero
nautical and navigation lights, including
certified airport and obstruction lights.
Maj. Sidles has contacted air raid wardens

at all lighted airports and along lighted air
ways and
black out
to do so.

asked them to either undertake to
the lights, or appoint someone else
Many have accepted, and he has
CD armbands to them.

Maj. Reed Davis oi Omaha, air officer for
the army's Seventh Service command re
viewed the Kansas Wing 6f the Civil Air
Patrol at Emporia on November i5.

Major Sidles who will assume the duties of

Base Commander, has appointed Wing Oper
ations Officer Schroeder as Operation? Of

Dorothy 0* Orr*
During her business career she has served

ficer for the Base.

While on a business trip to Spokane last

as secretary in the General Electric offices

week, WllUam A. Fyaser/Jr.. Wing Engin

in Philadelphia; secretary for the committee
in charge of the Pan-American conference.

eering Oifficer conferred with Maj. Phillip
(Continued on Page 3)'

University of Pennsylvania; medical records
librarian at the Lincoln General Hospital;
. and she conducted a survey on appendicitis
for the Pennsylvania State Medical Society.

Wing' headquarters has issued a bulletin to
all squadrons reminding personnel that the

H e r. p r i n c i p a l e n t h u s i a s m , s h e s a y s , i s

Civil Air Patrol is the only organization


t r a v e l l i n g , a n d b y a n y m e a n s w h a t s o e v e r.
Her hobbies' include sewing, reading, maps,

which has been accorded the honor of wear

scrapbooks and friends. Other "weaknesses"
include swimming, dancing, ping-pong, and

signia, and the U. S. on the shoulder em
blems; and pointing out that the least CAP

Walking . . the latter is expected to be of

can do is to wear the uniforrh according to

most value during the gas-less days ahead.

regulation and with dignity at all times.

i n g t h e a i r c o r p s ' w i n g s a n d p r o p e l l e r, i n


November, 1942

Published each month by the Nebraska Wing
Headquarters ot the Civil Air Patrol. Office®
at &02 South Nineteenth Street, Omaha, Neb.

Extra copies may be obtained by writing
to Wing Headquarters. Five cents each.

W i n g S t a ff
Commaodiog Officer Harry B. Sidles
O p e r a t i o n s O f fi c e r Ti c M . S c h r o e d e r
Tr a i n f n g O f fi c e r . . 6 i C r a w f o r d F o l l r o e r
I n t e l l i g e n c e O f fi c e r L a i r r e n c e To o s s m a Q
Tr a n s p o r ta ti o n Offi c e r E a r l e C . B e y n o l d s

Communications Officer Harry Burke
£ng:iueciing Officer ....^YilUam A» Fraser^ Jr.







Yo u n ^ m a n

Wing Intelligence Officer







"Wing Operations OfficerCarl

The CAP NEWS is printed by the Citizen
Printing Co., 2308-lQ N Street, Omaha, Nebr,

The following officers of the Nebraska
"Wing have been commissioned as follows:


G. Crawford Pollmec. ; r' Captain

Earle C. Reynolds - Captain
Wm, A. Fraser, Jf. Captain

Harry D. Burke 'p.* ^ ^ Captain

Vic M. Schroeder •''* ' • " Captain-

Squadron 761>t^n)aha



This picture taken as planes of Omaha I7o. 3 Sqnadroa bombed an array trnck con-

Toy. The picture is distinctive because gasoline transport truck at lOTrer right has just
been hit, and floor dnst is drifting past it. One plane is visible at upper left-hand cprner.

Bomb marks are visible all along the road<

Omaha Squadrons Active In Defense Affairs
Omaha CAP members have been active in

^veral military and civilian defense activ
ities recently:


. On November 2 pilots and observers of No.
2 Squadron Cooperated with army transport

Mervyn J. Warren


E d w a r d T. V o l z

Marvin M, Meyers

2nd "(U.

George H. Lindley


H. Stephen King

2nd Lt.

prise bombing attack on an army truck con
voy a few miles north of Ames, Nebr.
The night of November 6, No. 1 Squadron

Herbert H. Heidel



guarded Municipal airport during Omaha's

Tom P. El?sen

2nd Lt.

Augustus D, Cloyd, MD

2nd Lt.

blackout and CAP planes went aloft to check
the effectiveness ot the city's blackout test.

Angelo Bonacci






training school officials by staging a sur

The bombing attack on the army convoy
was a marked success. Seven planes, led

Squadron 761*2—Omaha
L, J. llemsea

2nd Lt.

by Commander Walter Devere, went on the
mission. At low levels they dropped flour

Carl B. Lang

2 n d L t .

bombs, making direct hits on several trucks,
including the gasoline transport. Flour-dust

Robert 1,. Love

2 n d
2 n d

transport school, and one of the original
CAP members in Omaha. It ccnnpletely sur
prised the class of officers manning the
trucks. Pilots and observers participating
Included Garwood Anderson, Dorothy Moore,
William Edwards, Michael Gibreal, Robert
L o v e , M a r i a n N e l s o n , P h i l i p N a s r, D o r o t h y
Broadfleld, Carl Lang, Leonard Heinsen,
James Rotella and Stewart Lindberg.
Planes for observing the blackout were
flown by Wing Engineering Officer William

2 n d L L

Madeline C. Kranda

The mission was arranged at the request
of 1st Lt, Lee Huff, Jr., commander of the


Robert S. Walker

dughfare would have remained.

L t .

Philip Nasr

splotches all along the road proved that,
bad the bombs been the real thing, no Ihor-

2 n d L t .

Walter J. Devere

Garwood L. Anderson

2 n d

Dorothy Broadfleld

2 n d L t .

Wm. L. Edwards

(Continued on Page 3>

2nd Lt.

Nathan R. Wetherbee

A . F r a s e r, a n d O s c a r O . C o o k e , c o m m a n d e r

2nd L t .


Squadron 763-1—Grand I s l a n d
C h a r l e s F. L a r s e n
Kenneth Albert Carver
Stover Beats
Paul Gordon

1 s t L t .
2 n d L t .

2nd L t .
' 2nd
L t .

Louis A. Holmes

2nd L t .


2ud L t .


K. F, McDermott, MD
Gerald R, Murphy
Ellis Baker Shepherd
B e r n a r d Ly l e T h o m p s o n

2!ld L t .
2nd L t .

Omaha Squadron No. 1 stands inspection. Left to right are George Fraser and Bud

2nd L t .

Tyler, beside their plane, and the inspecting officers—Commander Oscar 0. Cooke, Training

2nd Lt.

OfHcer Eddie Volz, Executive Officer Mike M, Meyers, Adjutant Harold Lindley, and Vic
Schroeder, >Vlng Operations Officer.


November, 1942


CAP At North Platte

Meets Emergencies
By IR* L. Getty
It is a long try from the day that Jack
Knigbt set his ship down in North Platte

and followed burning ^traw stacks which
served as beacon lights la the early days oC
the air mall. North Platte was on the air

map then—it is stiil on the air map today."With Lee Bird field serving as a main stop

oh United Air Lines, fueling stop for army

planes. CPT training and CAP activities,
wings over North Platte have long ceased to
b e a n o v e l t y.

Here are some of the members of the Nortli Flatte Sqnadront Front row, left to xightt

Herb E. Hoover, Rbelnholdt J. Pinneker, Bobert L» Oetty.

Second rovr: Albert S. Kashiiiasbit Boyd A. Houser, Orlo B. Bonner^ Earl IL Foster,

Prominent in all this air activity of a pio
neer aviation city is Squadron 764-1 of CAP.
Headed by John A. Clinch, squadron com

Lloyd A* Hoaser, Jack E« FreibeTg; Lowell J). Houser,
Third rowt Hona Melyin^ Milly M. Callender, Anna Uarie UcCormick, Benton H.

mander, his brother Pat as operation officer
Squadron 764-1 has turned out 100 per cent

Officer; Marguerite C. Durbln, Adjutant;
S t a n l e y H a l l , I n t e l l i g e n c e ; R o b e r t G e t t y,
P u b l i c R e l a t i o n s ; R . J . P i n n e k e r, . S u p p l y

to aid in emergencies

Officer; Denton H. Johnes, Communications

a n d D r. L . F. Va l e n t i n e , e x e c u t i v e o f fi c e r,

Last April this part of the country was
badly inundated with flood waters. Mem

bers of Squadron 764-1 rendered valuable
aid to Red. Cross officials, making two
flights in cooperation with this organization.
In the Lincoln County Scrap Drive, which
netted some 1,000 tons, the CAP was .called

Jones* Patricia J. McGoTero, Mai^erite C, Bnrbln, Mrs. Herb HoOTer,


In addition to members listed In the pic
ture on this page. North Platte Squadron
764-1 Is composed of the following members:
Eugene T. Allen, Everett L; Beebe, Frank
R. Beran, Herbert 0. Bergstrom, Frederick

C. Blummer, .Frederick D. Carr, Cary Dress

Into, service. Out here in the cattle country;

i e r, B e n F r a n k , S t a n l e y M . H a l l , L e o t a M .

where ranches are far apart, distances are

Hannibal,. Harry J. Hiles, Robert W. Huxoll,
Dorothea M, Johnson, Lawrence J. Jones,

^too great to cover in a car. Too much time

is consumed. So the CAP took over the

Job of checking scrap on. the ranches.
Tw o fl i g h t s w e r e m a d e .
On the last flight sandbag bombs were
.used to deliver messages to the ranchers and
rural people. Messages, written in flight,,
were attached by strearners to the bombs
and dropped in flight, giving Instructions as
to dlsposal of the scrap.
In the"first, blackout of a major city in

C h a r l e s W. K e l l e y, M r s . H a r p e r L a Ve l l e ,

Clayton La Velle, George L. Luedke, Melvln
L. JMerritt. Albert ,G. Patton, Mrs. 0. R.

Platte, Lawrence Powers, Beeler E). Scott,
Virge W. , Stebblns, Arthur E. Stensvad,
H o w a r d A . Ti n g l e y ^ J o h n D . W e s t f a h l a n d
K e n n e t h D . Yo u n g l u n d .
National CAP headquarters announce that

in the future any requests for lists of CAP

Nebraska, John A. Clinch, squadron com
m a n d e r a n d R . L ; G e t t y, p u b l i c r e l a t i o n s

names and addresses and qualifications of

o f fi c e r, c h e c k e d t h e r e s u l t s f r o m t h e a i r,
giving, their survey to-air raid officials. As.
a result, when North Platte had Its second

bership must be referred to Washington.

blackout, there was no reflection of lights
whatever which could have aided an enemy

plane in spotting a shot.
Classes are conducted two hours each

week, with code instruction being given by
B o y d A . H o u s e r a n d O r l o R , B o n n e r. M a n y
members have completed basic training but

pilots or other personnel of the CAP mem

(Continued from Page 1)
H i n k l e y,
bility of
for the

who has been given the responsi
.establishing the CAP courier service
Second Air Force, whose territory
Nebraska. The Omaha flier was told

PiUars of the North Platte Squadron are
these brothers John A. Clinch (left). Squadron Commander, and Pat Clinch, Traudog
and Operations Officer*

(Continued from Page 2)

of Squadron No. 1. Tom Epsen, First Squad*
r o n O p e r a t i o n s O f fi c e r, a n d M . J . " Z a c k "
Warren of the First Squadron were obsierve r s .

During the blackout No. 1. Squadron, un







Meyers, enforced the rules against car head
lights, lighting of matches and cigarets, and
generally helped police the area.

On Armistice Day Omaha members, in
cluding several on the Wing Staff, marched
in the big military and civilian defense pa
r a d e . W i n g C o m m a n d e r, M a j . H a r r y B .
Sidles, led the CAP In the parade. Attend
ance was not large, because many members
w e r e a t t h e i r r e g u l a r j o b s t h a t d a y.


that funds for the Nebraska courier service

This issue of the Corohusker CAP

owing to the large number of new members
to replace those who have gone into the

have been provided already.
Fraser said he was highly impressed by

armed services, the studies required for ba
sic training are being repeated.

t h e r e c o r d m a d e b y t h e Wa s h i n g t o n C A P
courier planes. He lunched with one of the

Among the latest additions to the army
air corps from Squadron 764-1 are:
Cecil A. Axthelm, Gail B. Berge, Floyd B.

fliers, who had just arrived with a 275 lb.

C a l v i n , Wa r d L . C a r s o n , Wa y n e M . F r a z i e r,

cent of the courier cargo is army mall, be

,/eriion E. Hlbblng, Lawrence B. Kinch and



Barrel D. Kite.

Fry© Aircraft and Aeromotive Supply
C o m p a n y, O m a h a ,

Commander; Patrick R. Clinch, training and

Maj. Hinkley quoted some "astronomical"
figures on the flight mileage that Is expected
of the CAP in the states west of the Miss

O p e r a t i o n ; D r. L . F. Va l e n t i n e , E x e c u t i v e



Officers are: John A. Clinch. Squadron

load' of express, and had been grounded

Ne>Y8 is made possible through the fln>
ancial assistance of the followingr:
Dr. P. G, Albertson, D. D. S, 2415 Fort
Street, Omaha.
Bobert H. Hall, ^orth Side Bank»

there because of the high winds. But 90 per


' E-lectronic Badlo-Televlsion Institute^

Archer Petroleum Corporation,





November, 1942

Crete Plays Host To

Squadron Officers


In thQ first event of its kind In Nebraska,

operations and training officers, executive
officers and squadron commanders of Grand

Island and iJncoln. ^ well as wing officers,
were guests of the Crete squadron at a meet
ing at the Crete airport Sunday morning, Oc^
D e s p i t e u n f a v o r a b l e w e a t h e r, m o r e t h a n
50 persons were present for tlie program,
not the least of which was an honest-to^gosh
good breakfast served by women members of
the Crete squadron.

The out-doors portion of the program in
cluded a brisk drill session, a demonstration
by the Crete crash crew, and an exhibition
of precision aerobatics by Frank Bringham,

It was a chiH; morning when training officers, omratlons officers and exemtlTe of*

flcwft from Grand Island, Lfncoln and Crete and seVoru wing officers got together at Gret^
so the program was b^mn with a hrlBk drill*

Crete school operator who is well-known to
most Nebraska pilots. Bringham's stunt
flying received high praise.

"Exhibit A" fl't Crete was the outstanding
Job the squadron has done in maintaining a
record of all squadron missions—a complete
record of each mission. These records all
a r e I n f y l l v i e w, a l o n g a h i a c k b o a r d w h i c h
extends the length of the hangar.

"I've never seen anything finer any place,"
commented Wing Operations Officer Vic

Schroeder. "I'd like' to see other squadrons
do the same thipg."

Four wing officers attended the meeting,
Including Training Officer G. Crawford FoII-

mer, Engineering Officer "W, A. Praser, Jr.,
and. TransjKjrtation Officer Earle Reynolds.
The latest developments on the wing's as


signment from the army air force were re

ported by Schroeder. Reynolds reported that
supplemental gas rations will be available
for qualified persons engaged in civilian de

fense activities. Fraser told of his exper
iences with the CAP submarine patrol in

A. L. Johnson, Jr., Crete Squadron Execu

The picture was taken as the sqaadron officers got down to business daring the first
meeting of its kind ever held in Nebraska. They were listening to >Vlng Training OfHcec
G* Crawford Follm'er^ at rlgh^ staniUng.

tive Officer, presided at the meeting. Com
parison of training courses and flight man
euvers were outlined by C F. Larsen, Grand
I s l a n d ; R a y R a m s e y, L i n c o l n ; a n d D a v i d
Osterhout, Crete.
Miss Dorothy Osterhout, Crete Adjutant,
was in charge of registration for . the 60 lo
cal members and visitors present. Mrs. Ed S.
Parker was chairman of the breakfast com

• Last month all mfembers of the Grand Is

land Squadron, turned out and put on a
Scrap Drive of their own.

Rccent flights, assigned by the Operations

One of the most interesting featores of the
program was a demonstratloo by the Crete

crash crew. Here the crew is demonstrating
how to pat the crash victim on a stretcher.
Crete firemen assist the fliers.

A truck was donated to the. Squadron by

the State of Nrtraska Highway Department,

O f fi c e r, J e r r y M u r p h y, a n d i t w a s a c o m

for which they were duly grateful. Squad

paratively easy matter for the Squadron

ron Commander Charles Larson drove his
own' truck and filled it every trip out.

to locate Scrap "Mines."

The women iseml^ers 6f the Crete! SqoadroDf who furnished an excellent breakfast,
won much praise from the Tlsitors. Abore,

left to right are; Mrs. £. Parker, lilrs. David
Osterhout, and Slinor I^elsoo.
Frank BrlDgham, above

well-knoirn Crete ope^i,
ator, treated the
tors to a l&.minute ex
hibition of beautiful
precision aerobatics.