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CAP News Bulletin No. 30, 21 August 1942.pdf

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August 21, 1942 Unit Commanders: This is a straight from the shoulder report on the status of your organization.

“A GRAND JOB"--In these words, of which we may all be proud, Lieutenant General H. H.
Arnold, Chief of the Army Air Forces, answered a recent press conference question about the CAP Coastal Patrol. This service
is finding its quota of subs, the General revealed.
It is operating with a high record of safety.
Weeks ago, Dean James M. Landis, Director of Civilian Defense, told a Senate Committee that the Patrol has been credited
with "saving at least 25 merchant ships as a result of crash dives of approaching submarines. We have located at least 350
survivors", he declared. Much has happened since these figures were released.

ON ACTIVE DUTY—Because of the necessity of protecting the military secrecy of this vital mission which is
helping win the battle of transportation off our coasts, no publicity may be given as to details. But you may learn
enough through CAP channels to know what a thrilling story is behind the brief official commendations which may
be quoted.
We can say that the number of CAP members on active duty, serving every day in the distinctive uniforms of the
Patrol on missions in all parts of the country, is now in the thousands. These volunteers and their planes are
helping release military personnel and equipment for service elsewhere. Every member of the Patrol on active
duty is helping build the striking power which will encircle the foe and drive him back on our battle lines around the
world. And every member who helps build his local unit is contributing to the strength of the entire organization.

MISCONCEPTIONS--Certain magazlne articles, political speeches, and even friends of the Patrol who are out of
touch with the situation, have sought to make it appear that CAP is not being used sufficiently in the war effort.
The fact is that any member with a good airplane and the ability to fly it can be assigned, on recommendation of
his Wing Commander, as fast as he is ready to go, The time when the Patrol was merely on practice missions, as
it had to be in the beginning to prepare members for the teamwork and special duties of active service, is long

UNIFORM The status of the Patrol may be judged by the fact that you are permitted, as a member, to wear the
uniform of the Army. This is a privilege granted to no other organization. No one else has been accorded the
honor of wearing the Air Corps wing and propeller emblem which, in silver, is prescribed for officers of CAP. No
other unit outside the armed services may wear the U. S. which appears on the shoulders of our men.
Particularly we can be proud that officers of the Patrol are permitted to hold titles of rank and wear the same
bars that are worn by Captains and Lieutenants of the Army of the United States. The red shoulder loops,
prescribed by the War Department so that our members can be distinguished from Army officers and enlisted
men, make one of the snappiest uniforms in America, in the opinion of experts on military apparel..
Everyone who wears the uniform of the Patrol has been investigated.
. as to citizenship and loyalty.
Every officer has earned his title by intensive drill, study, and flying practice. This trained corps, unique in the
history of warfare, has won good will of the public to a degree which is heartening. You can wear your CAP
uniform with the pride that comes with a job well done.
National Commander


COURIER SERVICE--The Pennsylvania Wing has established a courier station at York with five planes
and pilots standing by to carry key personnel and light cargo to and from the city as a service to the
war production plants of the area. Under the famous York Plan whereby the local industries unite
through their Chamber of Commerce in projects for the welfare of the community, the companies of the
area have raised a fund to cover operations of the courier station for one month. Subsequent costs will
be shared between the users on the basis of service rendered. Capt. John R.
Burleigh, of Scranton, Wing Transportation Officer, is in charge of the station.
CRASH PREPAREDNESS--Squ~dron 211-4, Staten Island, N. Y., has a well organized crash crew with full equipment -- asbestos suits and all. Not only are they ready in crash emergencies at the airport but they have scouted the surrounding woods and swamps so as to be able to reach the
scene of a crash off the beaten track. This Squadron also is assembling movies the members have taken for assembly into one film to show all the members.

WING MANEUVER--In the first maneuver of the Indiana Wing, 144 planes and 447 members participated, with 24
autos and 8 trucks. The Wing was divided for intermediate rendezvous at 10 separate points and with 3
destinations designated as final rendezvous.
Careful plans were made for housing, feeding, fueling, first aid, and many other details so that the whole show
went like clockwork.
KANSAS BULLETIN--Kansas now has a Wing publication entitled LIAISON, a professional
looking Job of printing; four pages on newsprint with good pictures and type variations
for attractive make-up. It is a lively bulletin, full of news.

IDENTIFICATIONS--Silver identification bracelets are being used as trophies by Cleveland
Squadrons, for award to members who excel. The bracelets are engraved with a reward notice on the
reverse side and the winner's name and address on the obverse, accorded to Ohio CAP Newsletter.
RESCUE MISSION—One afternoon last week, a woman stumbled ashore out of Saginaw Bay,
Mich., after swimming seven miles. A launch had struck a rock and sunk. Twelve others were still
out there. CAP Pilot Al Hoffman of Bay City flew out and Iocated the wreck just before dark. The
Coast Guard Auxiliary and CAP Squadron 613-2, Les Kefgen, Commanding, were called. Day by
day, wide areas were searched by planes and boats in collaboration. One survivor was found far
from the scene of the sinking after 72 hours in the water. Two survivors were found on an island.
The search continued until the bodies of all the others had been recovered.
NEW STAFF MEMBER--Latest addition to CAP Headquarters staff is First Lieut. Richard S.
Wolfe, Army Air Forces.
Headquarters work is placed on a more efficient footing by the moving of the clerical pool to the Dupont
Circle building from its previous location across town.
This pool, directed b Miss Rosemary Noland, was formed for the complex task of receiving thousands of
membership applications, classifying them, issuing identification cards, and keeping the service records.
This unit now has the further tasks of recording active duty applications and assignments and issuing
appointments of CAP officers.
MEMBERSHIP STILL GROWS—Total enlistment applications receives by CAP to date have passed the
58,000 mark and still are coming in at the rate of hundreds each week.
Although departures of men into the armed services and other wartime assignments has depleted the units
in some areas, the newcomers are keeping most Squadrons at operating strength.