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Vol. 3, Ko. 1




Official Publication of the Nebraska Wing—CIVIL AIR PATROL

iratfsblnff Squadron Lincoln Squadron Sells $20,000
Flies On Search Mission Worth of War Bonds
On the morning of January 2, Scotts)luff was alerted by Capt. E. J. Come;ux. Search and Rescue Officer of the
Second Air Force, to search for a missing
3-24 with ten flyers aboard which disap
peared the niight before on a flight from
li^aspar Army Air Field to Ainsworth.
ind Grand Island, Nebraska. Within one

lour two planes were in the air patroling their assigned sectors and one half
lOur later a third plane joined the search,
riying in sub-zero temperatures, the
lunt was continued until 1300 hours. In

:he afternoon pilots and observers were
changed to give the first starters relief
rrom the bitter weather, and flights con:inuedj with search sectors changed to
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Purchase of an EXTRA War Bond of

$50.00 or more qualified civilian em
ployees of Lincoln Army Air Base to a
15 minute flight over the city of Lincoln,
Nebraska, in the Sixth War Bond Drive
just ended. This project was undertaken
by the Lincoln Squadron at the sugges
tion of the Comm2nding Officer of the
Army Air Field.
Over 100 rides were given, and a total
of $20,000 in War Bonds sold. Two indi
viduals bought $1000 bonds. Squadron
reports are that the event roused a great
deal of interest lin aviation in general and
Civil Air Patrol in particular. , One 69
year old man who had never flown be
fore was convinced that the airplane is
h e r e t o s t a y, a n d a n n o u n c e d " W h e n t h i s

Armed Forces Heed Civilian

Radio Field Engineers
Western Electric wishes to contact

men qualified to carry a five-fold rejponsibility; to analyze and clear unusual
2ases of equipment trouble; to instruct

war's over, I'm going to buy a plane and
fly it myself."
Pilots for the occasdon were Capt.
Kimmel, Lt. Kite, Lt, Stuart, Lt. Buett-

gerjbsjch, Lt. Powell, and F/0 Stewart

Grand Island Publishes Bulletin
Grand Island Squadron has inaugurat
ed an official publication to be issued
monthly. The first edition of the "G. I.
C A P N e w s " c a m e o u t i n D e c e m b e r, a n d
was dedicated to their former members

who are now serving in the armed serv
i c e s o f o u r c o u n t r y. C o p i e s w e r e s e n t
to these members, who number 51.

The paper is a newsy little sheet, the
copy is interesting and easy to read and
extremely well written. An unusual fea
ture was the narrative descriptions of
observation flight missions by two mem
bers who are participating in an observe
er's training course, a Squadron project.
A calendar of meetings and classes in
dicates that the Grand Island Squadron
has a complete schedule and a full pro
gram. A column headed "Flight Mis
sions," detailing operations orders, is
proof/that this squadron does much more
than class-room and hangar flying.

f r o m t h e L i n c o l n C A P a n d To m D o r i a n

Congratulations, Grand Island, on the

and Carl Bishop from the Arrow Flying

take-off edition of the "G. I. News." Keep
'Em Flying!


unlisted per^onriel in the technical oper

Civil Air Patrol League

ation of W-E apparatus; to consult with

D f fi c f r p e r s o n n e l i n t h e m o s t e ff e c t i v e
tactical use of the equipment provided
for them; to serve as technical advisor on

field installation and maintennce prob

January — 1945

In last month's News was included a

l e m s ; t o c o o p e r a t e w i t h W- E d e v e l o p nent and engineering staff in the con
tinued improvement of the apparatus.
These men may be located anywhere in
the world that the Army or Navy has
need of their services. They must have
Dutstanding techniical ability, be in ex
cellent health, be between 30 and 45 years
Df age, and be able to get along with all
< i n d s o f p e o p l e . I n t h e s e j o b s , We s t

letter explaining the Civil Air Patrol
League's function and inviting CAP per
sonnel to become members of the League.
The number of applications for member
ship received at Wing Headquarters was
very gratifying. Since sufficient applica

ern Electric offers the civilian engineer
J significant opportunity to help win the

bership in the League and forwarded

i v a r. F o r f u r t h e r i n f o r m a t i o n w r i t e M r.

[I. S. Day, Western Electric Co.., Inc..,

Omaha Squadrons Assist In
WAC Recruiting Program
S i x C i v i l A i r P a t r o l p l a n e s t o o k o ff
from Municipal airport in murky wea
ther on a mission to. aid in recruiting
WAC's. Handbills inviting the public to
inspect the Link Trainer installed at the
recruiting headquarters were dropped



tion blanks were not available to send

The reward for CAP cooperation in

one to every CAP member last month,

this event is Link instruction time for

we are including with this issue a card
to be filled out by those desiring mem
with proper fee to this office. The Ne

the pilots and observers who took part.
These include pilots Lt. C. A. Larson.
W/O Louis Coleman, Capt. W. C. Garner,
Lt. Ben Babb, Capt. Carl Lang, and Ma

braska Wing endorses the Civil Air Pa

jor Vic Schroeder. "Bombardiers" were

165 Broadway, New Yoi-k 6, N. Y. Room

trol League and recommends member."hip to all Cadets and Senior Members



Sgt. Herbert Spooner, Cpl. Vern.Fichter,
Lt. Gene Carrigan, Pvt. Joe Morris, Lt.
Ken Ewing. and F/0 Wohlford.






Published each month by the Nebraska
Wing Civil Air Patrol, 504 South 18th
Street, Omaha 2, Nebraska.
Managing Editor Capt. Stanley B. Marsh





W i n g S t a ff
Gom'd, Off leer...Lt. Col. Harry B. Sidles
Executive Officer Major M. M. Meyers
Adjutant Capt. Earle C. Reynolds
Medical Officer Capt. A. U Cloyd
Operations Offiicer Maj. Vic M. Schroeder
Tr a i n i n g O f fi c e r C a p t . G . C . F o l l m e r
Intelligence Officer....Capt. Stanley Marsh
Supply Officer Major Rudy Mueller





E n g . O f fi c e r C a p t . W m . A . F r a s e r, J r.

The following is a letter to Col. Sddles,

December 21 was the date of the

Wing Commander, from Pvt. C. C. Rueffert, former Intelligence Officer and Adj.
of Omaha Squadron No. 1 Cadets;

Squadron Np. 2 Christmas party at which

"It has been five months since I asked

you and your officers for letters of re
commendation to help me be assigned to
the AAF when I volunteered for service.

I am happy to inform you that I am well

Air Patrol. Col. Johnson, National Com

mander, is expected to be present and the
new National Training Program will be
p r e s e n t e d . M a j o r Vi c S c h r o e d e r, W i n g
Operations Officer, will offer his Special
Ground Flight Training Program for Ne
braska units.
W h e n t h e s m o k e c l e a r s a w a y, N e

braska should find itself with something
really solid on which to base future ef
forts. We'll have all the details in the

knowldege of aircraft that enabled me

to qualify for the highly responsible po
sition of Flight Engineer, or rather Crew
Chief as it is more commonly known.
"I would like to thank you, the instruc
tors, and all the personnel of Omaha

Squadron No. 1 for giving me all of the
foundations for my present position."
"Chuck" Schultz writes from Keesler

Field, Mississippi, that he has qualified

for Aviation Cadet training, and will be
in pre-flight six months to a year before
beginning pilot's training.
January 2, Captain William F. Thiesen
of the 13th Air Task Force spoke to the
Cadets at their meeting. He was in the
South Pacific where he completed 76
missions as commander of his heavy

Te c u m s e h F l i g h t
Bette Lois McCoy
Leonard Rogers
Glenn Bohm


C o mma n d i n g Office r D o ro th y Wi l so n
was advanced to First Lieutenant, and

a t t h e p a r t y.

Hot Copy In Next Month's News

the Nebraska Wing to be held in Omaha
February 3-4. Subject for discussion
w i l l b e t h e Tr a i n i n g P r o g r a m f o r C i v i l


Training here at Keesler Field, Miss.
assigned to the Air Corps and this Flight
Engineers' Training can be crecBted to my
d u t i e s i n t h e C A P. I t g a v e m e t h ^

Unit Commanders and Staff Officers in

Wing Steff were guests. Dancing to juke
box music was enjoyed by a large at

promotion was announced and presenttion of silver bars made by Col. Sidles

"I feel that a large part of my being

At this time announcements are being
sent out calling a special meeting of all

members of Squadrons I and Z and the

in the process of my Flight Engineers'

Special Duty Capt. Gould Dietz

next issue.

January — 1945

bomber squadron. Captain Thiesen is a
relative of Captain Stanley Marsh of the
CAP Wing Staff.
L t . B a b b , S u p p l y O f fi c e r, h a s b e e n
assigned duty as Chief Squadron Pilot,
and will work with all pilots, student
pilots and observers in the squadron.
Lt. Cutler 'is the new Supply Officer.
Corp. H. L. Coleman has been ad

Squadron No. 2 is still engaged in
their study of meteorology.

Flights "C" and "D" are sponsoring a
benefit dance to be held February 5, at
the Music Box ballroom.

The Squadron has another private pi
lot coming up, as W/0 G. K. Anderson
of Flight 'D" has taken his written exam

for the ticket. W/0 Anderson is a para
chute rigger for the Glenn L. Martin Co.

S(ottsbluff Squadron
Scottsbluff Squadron has organized a
Women's Flight.
Senior members and Cadets have been

working on the airport at Mitchell.

A mercy flight was made when Pilot

Ed Sievers flew a child to Denver for
emergency treatment.

I Fremont Squadron |

Robert Lempka

v a n c e d t o Wa r r a n t O f fi c e r a s a S q u a d r o n

Willard Waddell

P i l o t


Aircap Flying Club, composed of
Squadron No. 1 members, have pur
chased fin L3B Aeronca to replace the
Luscombe lost in the fire at Krantz' hang

has made arrangements for the squadron
to meet Thursday nights in the city audi

ar last fall.

will now be continued.


John Moren

Q u i n t e n Yo r k
Father John J. Quinlan
C a r l e t o n W. F i e k t n e r

Captain Baldwin, Group Commander,

Kenneth Staley

This Issue Sponsored By

Walter Rowe

Edwin E. Meyer
Leonard Steiner
Arnold E. Juilfs

torium. Drill and other activities which

have been held up by winter weather
Cadet Flight Leader, S/Sgt. Albert Lar
son, has gone into the Navy. He will

Frank C. Smith



be greatly missed, as he did a good job iin
his assignment. We know he will do al

right in the Navy.
Pvt. Al. Wilkening has been added to
the list of pilots qualified to fly the Army
liaison plane.

January — 1945


was in the hands of Nebraska Civil Air


Patrol members, under the direction of
L t . F. . C . B l a k e m a n , N o r f o l k S q u a d r o n
C o m m a n d e r. S i x t y m e m b e r s o f C A P
from Omaha went to Norfolk in an Army
bus. Cadets gave a demonstration of pre
cision drill and the men's rifle squad per

The year 1944 was an important and

busy period for the Civil Air Patrol in
Nebraska. Plans are now made which

assure that 1945 will be even more sig
nificant. Let's take one last look back
ward before concentrating every effort on

formed the manual of arms. Present

on the occasion were George Burgess

our future progress.

from the Secretary of Commerce office

Up until March, 1944, Nebraska Wing

in Washington and Lt. Col. Charles W.
Kerwood, representing General Arnold.

mainteined a Courier Station at the Om-

ha Municipal Airport, operating under

In Blair the Civil Air Patrol has been

command of the Second Army Air Forre

Headquarters at Colorado Springs. Full
time personnel maiintained an office, and
fliers were on a regular schedule in per
formance of regular courier missions.
Until enlistments for ACER ended Oc

tober 1, CAP worked on the assignment
of recruiting 17 year olds for the Air
Corps Enlisted Reserve, giving physical
and mental screening tests, and valuable

preliminary instruction through the CAP
Cadet program. While this field is now
closed to those wishing to join the Air
Forces, there is always the possibility
that it will open again and if so CAP
will again be on the job.


M AY — S q u a d r o n s o f O m a h a G r o u p

instrumental in getting a Municipal
A i r p o r t f o r t h e c i t y. C A P h e l p e d p r o

aids Air-WAC Recruiting with Field Day

mote a $15,000 bond issue with which the

at Omaha Airport.

field was purchased; It has been munic-

dets were from Omaha, Crete, Fairbury,
Te c u m s e h , G r a n d I s l a n d , N o r t h P l a t t e ,
I m p e r i a l , S c o t t s b l u ff , F r e m o n t , Wa y n e ,
D a v i d C i t y, C o l u m b u s , L a u r e l , N o r f o l k

pally operated for over four years, the
city holding a lease which expires March
I, 1945. Two large hangars and a com
fortable administration building have
been constructed through the efforts of

and Lincoln.

CAP members.

The week of August 22-27, the
Nebraska Wing held a stats-wide mobil
ization at the National Guard camp at

two nights a week. The training pro
gram covers many aviation ground sub

Ashland. Members and cadets, including
women and girls, spent the week living
in barracks, eating from mess kits, and
attending classes most of the day. Planes
belonging to CAP members flew on ob
server training missions and many mem
bers returned home with newly won ob
server wings.
While at Ashland one of the most pro

jects such as Civil Air Regulations, Nav
i g a t i o n , M e t e o r o l o g y, O b s e r v a t i o n a n d
Reconnaisance, General Service of Air-

CAP members attend classes usually

tracted search misrions in which Nebras

ka CAP has engaged was started. A
crew member of a B-29 parachuted, sup

posedly in the vicinity, the morning of
August 26. All planes at the Ashland
camp immediately took off with observ
ers and searched the region in increas

ingly larger circles for three days, undfer
FEBRUARY—A busy Courier Service.
Capt. Carl Lang and Alice Riss check
cargtN Alice Riss later became a mem
ber of the WASPS.

In May 1944 CAP put on an extensive
program at the Omaha Muniicipal airport
lasting a full day, in the interest of re
cruiting air-WAC'S. High-lights of the
day included formation flying of P-47's,
walkie-talkie demonstrations, chemical
warfare demonstrations, exhibition of a
B-17 on the ground, stunt flying by small
planes, and music by the WAC band

the direction of Wing Operations Officer
Major Vic Schroeder. The flyer was fi
nally found when his body floated to the

AUGUST—Girl Cadets stand inspec
tion in barracks at Ashland, during mo

surface in Carter Lake, near Omaha.


When Norfolk dedicated its new mil-

Lion dollar airport, the day-long program

craft, etc., in addition to military subject?
and infantry drill. Besides texts and

lesson material, each squadron maintains
a library of Army Field and Technic-al

Manuals for reference purposes, and a
library of training films is maintained at

Wing Headquarters at Omaha and loaned
o u t t o a l l s q u a d r o n s i n t h e s t a t e . We
also have large scale instrument panels
and other mechanical devices for train

from Des Moines.

ing purposes. Most useful is the Naviga

During the week of August 13-20, Ne
braska Cadets attended Summer Camp at

tional Trainer recently received by Lin

the Bruning Army Air Base. 107 Cadets
and 5 officers spent the week not as CAP

ates very much like the Link trainer.

coln and Omaha squadrons, which oper
Besides the private planes owned by
many members of Civil Air Patrol, seven

members but as members of the Army
Air Forces, living the same life and work

ing on a gruelling course of study. Ca-

AUGUST—Nebraska Cadets learn

about the P-47 at Bruning.

liaison-type aircraft have been assigned
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January — 1945

NEBRASKA Vfl^G —1944


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:ake in more territory in a westerly di:ection. Tlie afternoon and evening
Drought no sight of the bomber.
Bad weather in the morning of Jan
uary 3 grounded the Squadron and val
uable day-light time was lost Two planes
;ook off at 1500 hours and stayed up until
iark closed in, combing a sector of eastirn Wyoming, with negative results.
The wreck of the bomber was found

n the late afternoon of January 3 by a
I^ivil Air Patrol pilot out of Cheyenne,
iVyoming, 30 miles south of Caspar on
:he south leg of the beam.
Conditions indicated that the big plane
u-ashed into a mountain when making a
et'down, ending up on its back in a canion. All aboard were apparently killed
n s t a n t l y.
Scottsbluff pilots taking part were
Z^apt. M. P. Brennan, Squadron Commandir, Lt. T. J. Lockwood, Lt. A. L. Cooper,

the Nebraska Wing by the AAF, for use
mostly in cadet recruiting work.

interested in the CAP program, but
transportation difficulties have kept new
organizations down to a minimum. In
cluding cadets, Nebraska CAP now has
1,720 members.

The first of the year will bring the
new training program in preparation at
national headquarters. Suggestiions from
training and operations officers from all

48 Wings have been compiled and stu

Dbserv^rs were Lt. E. Henkins, Jay Hall

died and the new program will be a re

ecumseh High!

Tecumseh Flight is a real flying out-it. Seventeen members are solo stu-

Jents, and eight members are owners of
)lanes. Dr. Joseph A. Lanspa, who just
-ecently got his private license, is a plane
)wner, as are Robert Bicknell, . J. H.
3unge, Leonard Rogers, Glenn Bohm,
\rnold Steiner, Leonard Steiner, and E.
r. Critchfield, who operates the Tecumseh
lirport and is the Flight Commander.

Pvt. J. A. Lanspa, Tecumseh Flight.

The Nebraska Wing consists of "22
squadrons and flights, located at Omaha,
(which has three full squadrons, includ
i n g o n e a l l - f e n ^ n i n e s q u a d r o n ) , B l a i r,
L i n c o l n , C r e t e , F a i r b u r y, B e a t r i c e , Te
cumseh, Grand Island, Kearney. North
Platte, Imperial, Scottsbluff, Fremont,
Wahoo, David City, Oakland, Columbus,
Wayne, Laure), ai^d Norfolk. New
squadrons organized in 1944 were those at
Kearney, Columbus, and Beatrice. Many
inquiries have been made from towns

jt. E., W. Sievers and Lt. E. F. Clark.
ihd Doyle Clark.

W/O Maurice O'Brien, Omaha No. 1.

sult. While it has not come out as yet,
lit is iqiiite sure that the new program
will stress flight training and flight
training missions for the adult members,
and the result will be a bumper crop of

licensed piilots and trained ob^rvers.

C^ol. Earle. L. Johnson, National Com
mander, has as his aim "that the train
ing received in Civil Air Patrol will be

T The Colors
Robert Bates, Tecumseh Flight.

Willard Waddell, Tecumseh Flight.
Charles Van Epps, Omaha No. 1 Ca

Columbus Squadron
Columbus Squadron, although organ
ized only six months^ continues to be one
of the busiest in Nebraska. Classes are

being conducted in Code, Meteorology,
Infantry Drill Regulations and Military
Courtesy and Discipline.
The Junior Chamber of Commerce has
furrtished the basement of the Y. M. C. A.

with new furniture for the CAP meeting
r o o m .

Columbus Cadets have sponsored two
dances at the City Auditorium. Music

w^ furnished by the newly organized
CAP Cadet band under the direction of

•John O'Neal. This is the fii^ and only
musical aggregation in Nebraska Civil
Air Patrol.

Columbus Squadron has three aims

for the new year: First, to develop a

beneficial to any one wishing to enter

strong Cadet unit; Second, make what
ever plans and preparations are neces

the aviation field in its various phases

sary for the security of the local airport;

after the war, and to others will be a good
foundation for a better understanding
of the new mode of transportation that

is fast coming upon us." ...

Third, to have an exceptipnally welltrained group in one or more fields of ac
t i v i t y.

Lincoln Squadron
Another activity of the Lincoln Squad
ron. is the Link Training course which
Cadets and members have been taking.
The class has access to the Link trainers

it the Army Air Field, and instructors
i r e t h o s e p r o v i d e d b y t h e A r m y. O n
lompletion of the course, each student

A^ill have 10 hours of Link time. T/Sgt.
foseph Arlt, who is in charge of CAA
::ommunications for the Field, made the
arrangements for CAP to get this valu
able instruction.

To any womon who has ever

wanted to help a wounded soldier:

U. S. Army Hospitals
need 22,000 Wacs
to serve as -tnedieol technieions!

High school graduates — trained ond uritrained — go
to your nearest U. S. Army Recruiting Station, (set

A m e m b e r o f t h e WA S P S u n t i l h e r '

•ecent discharge, Dorothy Bancroft has
•eturned to Lincoln and will be back dn

he Civil Air Patrol Squadron.

full information obout this important service today!

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