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CAP News Bulletin No. 32, 04 September 1942.pdf

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No. 32
September 4, 1942 Here are reports of activities in many states. What is your
unit doing that would make interesting news for this bulletin?
NAVY RECRUITING—The Kentucky Wing is staging a series of eight Sunday mobilizations at cities throughout the State to bring out crowds for Navy recruiting in cooperation with the Navy League. The first show. at Owenboro, was attended by 93 out of the 97 pIanes available in the Wing.
Despite bad weather, thousands were on the field. More recruits signed up in the one day than the total for several weeks previous. Similar success was scored at Paducah and Ashland.
It was the wish of the CAP members that they donate their time and the use of their planes. But the Navy League is compensating out-of-pocket expenses for fuel, oil, meals, and incidentals, 1st Lieut. Howard Brown, Acting Executive Officer of the Wing, organized the project.
This Wing also has furnished air support to the Kentucky Militia on maneuver, with scouting, simulated attack, and flour-bag bombing. In one exercise, the commanding officer's car, all bridges, and all communications were counted as demolished by CAP’s striking power. In no case where
there was air support could the opposing troops win.
COURIER SERVICE--The Pennsylvania Wing, which pioneered CAP’s first courier station at Middletown, is in the lead again with the first city-wide service to war industries. The station at York went into notion several d~ ago with five planes and pilots standing b~ for service. Traffic
immediately developed. York, with important war industries, has no airline connection. The CAP planes greatly speed the transportation of key men and urgent shipment. Many inquiries have come to Wing Headquarters from other industrial cities. Plans are being made to extend the service
from the York airport to nearby communities. Overhead will be minimized through operating for the area at the one station.
INSURANCE—The master contract with the underwriters for liability insurance on CAP missions expired on Sept. 2. A new plan Is now in effect. This coverage, as in the case of accident and crash insurance, will be paid for on an hourly basis for the time the plane covered of actually in flight.
Previously, pilots assigned to active duty were required to pay several dollars for term coverage. The rate for liability insurance Is now 10c per airplane hour, for courier and miscellaneous service. On coastal patrol, the underwriters are absorbing this amount by the

rates paid on other types of insurance. As before, the liability coverage is $50,000/$100,000 for public liability and passenger
liability and $50,000 for

property damage. All parties concerned are protected against liability in accidents involving
planes flying under CAP operations orders on paid active-duty missions of the Patrol.
CONTACTS WITH ARMY-In line with previous notice on this subject, members are advised
that the initiation of contacts with Army officers to interest then in
the availability of CAP services is not the approved procedure. It is assumed that the various army units
are informed regarding the Patrol and its facilities.
Inquiries from Army officers should not be handled within the CAP Wings but should be referred through
channels to National Headquarters except, of course, in an emergency such as a lost plane search or an
extremely urgent courier mission, which case the Wing Commander may take immediate action.
Group 514, Cleveland, Ohio, is takinga course of instruction in the care and use of the Army .45 calibre
Colt automatic pistol. While most units drill without arms, some have been fortunate in having the use of
National Guard rifles. This Is good training for any citizen.

GROUND SCHOOL—Group 731, Lambert Field. St. Louis, Mo., has established a ground school
with regular scheduled classes covering the CAP training directives.. Purpose is to check out the
members as rapidly as possible on all their CAP courses. No Squadron business is discussed in
the classroom; just instruction and study on the assigned subjects. Members who are tardy can
not enter the room without written permission from the commanding officer.
Group 912, San Francisco, reports completion of all basic training except first aid which Is being
given once a week in three sections by three medical officers.
Squadron 912-2 has arranged for permanent headquarters with all Staff Officers taking 24-hour
tours of duty as Officer of the Day.
NEBRASKA NEWSLETTER—Vol. 1, No. 1, of the CORNHUSKER CAP NEWS makes its bow as
the official monthly publication of the Nebraska Wing, attractively printed in 4-page format on good
white paper with pictures. This bulletin was made possible by the generous sponsorship of
aviation industries in the State and Capt. Harry B. Sidles, new Wing Commander.
NEVADA MOUNTER COMMAND—CAP’s rough riding cavalry units in Nevada are continuing their
intensive training with simulated search and rescue missions over mountains and deserts whore
the flying unite can do the reconnaissance but can not land. The basic training course of the
Mounted Command covers 108 hours of CAP training directives plus cavalry drill and mounted
extended order and guard duty. An additional 41 hours of special courses are given, including
packing of pack animals and marches with overnight camp in simulated emergency.
INVENTORS—William Diehl, Jr., a member of the Bendix, N. J., Squadron, has invented a smoke
generator to fog out whole areas. A recent test was performed by CAP members in uniform and
gas masks. Officials are quoted as saying that the device is three times as effective as anything of
its kind.
Norman J. Green Training & Operations Officer, Squadron 311-9, Paoli, Pa., has developed a
simple bomb sight for light planes. The device is clamped to the right door of the plane and is kept
level by a pendulum. Details are given in the August issue of AERO DIGEST. In a test at 105 MPH,
400 ft. above ground, a dozen 12-lb.
bags of gravel and flour were dropped with an average error of 13 years from the center of the
target which is good shooting as compared with dropping by guess.
ANTI-SABOTAGE PRACTICE—The Iowa Wing makes its practice missions vividly interesting by putting
drama into the simulated situations. Squadron 724-5 turned out to intercept a “saboteur", impersonated by
one of the members, flying to blow up a local defense plant. The Squadron soon had matters sealer
control. Another Squadron is planning an exercise involving “enemy” planes landed and camouflaged on a
hidden field.
Iowa, however, does a great deal more than practice. A check-up is being made in cooperation with State
authorities as to the storage of explosives to which saboteurs might gain easy access, the owners are
required to put in a safer place, securely under lock and key, in the vicinity of airports.

PLANES DONATED—Service clubs in Dallas, Tex., have been raising funds to donate equipment for
CAP Coastal Patrol. One plane has been purchased and more money is in the pot for another soon.
KEEP UP THE SCRAP—Many CAP units are still actively aiding salvage drives by locating scrap
piles and abandoned equipment by aerial observation and by maneuvers to stir public interest. In the
vicinity of Council Bluffs, Iowa, an aerial message campaign built up great enthusiasm among the
farmers for the county scrap drive. Flour-bag bombing demonstrates on a farm drew large crowds.