File #2598: "CAP News Bulletin No. 29, 14 August 1942.pdf"

CAP News Bulletin No. 29, 14 August 1942.pdf

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NO MORE REGIONAL COMMANDS--When the CAP was first planned, it was thought advisable to place
a Regional Commander in each of the nine Army Corps Areas, to act as coordinate for Wing activities.
During the early organization stages, this plan helped a good deal in getting things started. However, only
five of the nine posts were filled, three by Army Officers and two by civilians. It has been found necessary
in many instances to place these officers on field work outside their regions and in general direct contact
between the Wings and National Headquarters has been required for fast timing.
Thus the Regional Commands have been abolished. Of those who have been serving as Regional
Commanders, MaJ. George W. Noland of the Southeastern Region, Maj. Robert S.
Fobb, of New England. and Harry K. Coffey of the West Coast are out on field assignments.
Gill Robb Wilson of the Mid-Atlantic area remains Chief Consultant of CAP. Personnel Order No. 5, now
being printed, will carry the names of all national officers and all Wing Commanders.
MEDICAL AID--Squadron 326-2 Charlottesville, Va., has worked out a plan with the local Defense Council
whereby planes and pilots will be on call to fly doctors, nurses, blood plasma, and medical supplies from
the University of Virginia Hospital in event of emergency. Packages are being developed for plasma
containers for dropping from planes without landing and without parachutes. In rough terrain, this can be
important. The local paper, the Daily Progress, says CAP "might well be termed the spearhead of
American civilian fighting power."
AIRPORT PROTECTION--Do not neglect plans to block your local airport in event of air raid alarm. By
placing autos, agricultural machinery, and other obstructions on the runways, you can make sure that no
enemy plane can land without cracking up. It is wise to fibre in advance just how this could be done at
your field, end how quickly. This is scarcely a practice mission but the quick mobilization of Squadrons that
goes with it can and should be practiced.
MORE NEWSLETTERS—Add to the list of up and coming Wing publications the Vermont Wing’s byweekly entitled Green Mountain Updrafts. Another called Nutmeg News was issued, as you might guess,
by the Connecticut Wing but has been rechristened Wing Dope. Nebraska announces that its weekly
Executive Bulletin will be expanded into a Wing newspaper.
Good stuff In all of them. We hope the Wings are swapping their papers with all the others for mutual
interchange of news and ideas.
ESCAPIST---At North Springfield, Vt., a fugitive from the county hoosegow had the bad luck to get the
CAP on his trail. According to Green Mountain Updrafts, "While a possee thrashed around in the
underbrush, Pilot Fred Greenwood spotted the quarry from the air and circled the spot until the Law closed
in for the take."
SPIES--The five Squadrons of Group 632, Michigan, set down their planes at Saginaw Airport recently for
an overnight maneuver with parachutes for pillows and wings for roofs. "Spies" who tested the alertness of
the guards were caught in short order.
MESSAGE PANELS--Squadron 623-1, Oskosh, Wisc., has adopted a detailed procedure for reading
message panels. Signal crews go out by car. Planes make systematic search for messages on the
ground. On reading the panels, they waggle their wings in acknowledge-ment and circle the spot, so that
the ground crew can set up further panels to complete the message. When the plane crew has it all, they
write the messages and drop it in the center of a ball of tissue paper which can easily be found and is
unlikely to hurt anyone it may hit. Messages are dropped by proceeding up wind over the signal crew at
100 feet.
Waivers are signed for this low altitude flying which is not required of members.