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Official Publication Wing 62 Wisconsin Vol. 1.-No. 8 February, 1944.pdf

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also carry the story. Each CAP memAAF ASSIGN L-3B LIAISON
ber will be given the assignment to
TYPE AIRGRAFT TO GAP bring at least one prospective recruit
The AAF has turned over to each wing
commander a number of L-3B Aircraft
(Aeroncas to you) to be used for cadet
recruitment. The number of aircraft assigned to each wing depended upon the
job the state as a whole is doing in
cadet recruiting as well as the size of
the wing organization. Wisconsin
Wing was allotted six ships.
Col. Stratton has assigned the aircraft
to his group commanders who in turn
will rotate them among the squadrons
in their respective groups. Naturally,
the individual squadrons who have the
best records for cadet enrollment will
have the most use of the ships. The
assignment of these aircraft opens new
avenues of approach for getting cadet
recruits. Here is an actual Army aircraft to look at--to feel--to sit into ride in--if the prospect is a potential recruit.
Smart squadron commanders will send
s t a ff o f fi c e r s t o s c h o o l s t o t e l l t h e
youngsters that an Army aircraft is
coming at a certain time for them to
see and ride in. Local newspapers will
be given the story, too, inviting the
17 year olds to come out to the airport
to see the ship. Radio stations will

to the airport for a ride. The squadron commander who leaves no stone
unturned to get youngsters interested
in the Army ship will show the best
results when it comes to adding up
cadet enlistments. Schedules assigning
an Army ship to the various squadrons
will be sent well in advance so that
each squadron commander can lay
plans and work toward the time the
ship will be in his possession.

The new year brought a well earned
promotion to the rank of lieutenant
c o l o n e l f o r J o h n F. S t r a t t o n , C o m mander, Wisconsin Wing. It came as a
total surprise from Col. Earle L. Johnson, National Commander; a reward
for Major Stratton's untiring effort and
loyalty in behalf of Civil Air Patrol.
Congratulations, Col. Stratton!
Sweetie: "That sailor kissed me last night!"
"How many times?"
"I'm confessing--not bragging."




F E B R U A R Y,

1 9 4 4

The boys at Milwaukee had a pleasant
surprise when Major King, former Wisconsin Wing Commander, wired that
he was stopping over at General
Mitchell with his unit, en route to the
West Coast. Thirteen planes cames in
all ships and pilots who had been
on active duty at an eastern coastal
patrol base under Major King's command. The unit in its entirety has been
assigned to a new mission on the west
coast. Personnel who did not fly went
by car. It was a real thrill to be with
and talk to these CAPers who have
done such a swell job.
The unit arrived late on Saturday and
stayed over Sunday for minor checkups and repairs. Major King radioed
ahead asking the Army to have its radio
man on hand to check and repair several of the ships radios. There was no
radio technician at the Army base
familiar with the sets used in private
aircraft. Lt. Col. Stratton therefore commissioned Lt. R. Lathrop, Communication Officer of the Waukesha Squadron, and Lt. L. Garman, also of Waukesha, to be on hand. *'And a swell
job these two did," said Major King.
"They worked from the minute the
ships arrived until late Sunday afternoon when the last transmitter and receiver was checked, tested and okeyed."
Major King and his flight left early
Monday morning with a destination of
Fargo for that night. We will be anxious to hear from Major King when
he arrives at his new base.


This is the AAF L-3B laison type aircra[t assigned to CAP by the Army Air Forces /or
cadet recruiting.

The Strength Reports which most
squadrons and flights in the state sent
in to Wing Headquarters the first of
the year reveal some very interesting
facts. Total strength of CAP in Wisconsin has jumped to 2,345 members as
against some 1,500 a year ago. Actual
strength is considerably higher than
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Official Publication
Published Periodically
110 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Wis.
Editors-in-Chief ............. J C~-~eG~IY J . Larkin
. J.
Associate Editors ................ All CAP Members










I t w a s a g a l a n i g h t a t Wa u k e s h a w h e n
the squadron staged their annual party
during the holidays. In addition to
dancing and sociability over a glass
o f " g i g g l e w a t e r, " t h e p r o g r a m c o m m i t t e e p l a n n e d a n a m u s i n g fl o o r s h o w.
Squadron Commander Lc Harry Schaefer entertained in true magician style.
Lc Ed. Rediske dramatized, quite hu-

A salute to Sgt. Georgia Braun of the
Madison Squadron! She stepped out
to get a sponsor for your bulletin and
succeeded in lining up the Gisholt Machine Co. of Madison. Our thanks
to both Gisholt and Sgt. Braun. This
is the kind of spirit which we would
l i k e e v e r y C A P m e m b e r t o s h o w. O f
course, we don't expect 2,500 CAPers
to rush out to solicit sponsors for the
Bulletin, but each squadron and flight
should make it a point to get at least
o n e s p o n s o r d u r i n g t h e y e a r. F u r t h e r,
each squadron should take enough interest in the Bulletin to gather news for
it. That's not a hard job and it certainly would make your editor's job a
much easier one. What do you say ?

Lt. Col. Stratton announced It. Lathrop's
appointment to Wing Communications O[ricer at the party. Congratulations are offered
while Commander Schae[er looks on.


The Wing Bulletin is your publication.
It wants to carry news about you-news about your squadron. It wants
to tell other squadrons what you are
doing in your unit.
With Wing Headquarters at Milwaukee, it is impossible for your editors to
k n o w w h a t ' s g o i n g o n i n y o u r l o c a l i t y.
Yo u ' v e g o t t o b e t h e o n e t o s u p p ! y
that news. Of all of the squadrons m
the state, some 33, there are only three
who are conscientious about getting
news and pictures into the hands of
your editors with some degree of regul a r i t y. B u t n e w s a b o u t o n l y t h r e e
squadrons doesn't make a bulletin of
state-wide interest. All squadrons
should be represented. What to do
about it is the purpose of this editorial.
The solution is simple if you and every
other member of your squadron will
cooperate. At your next meeting appoint a squadron reporter--two or
three of them if you like. Select someone who will make it his or her job to
gather news- to get pictures. Have
your reporter work with the squadron's
q u a l i fi e d p h o t o g r a p h e r. S q u a d r o n c o m manders should call for a report of
materials gathered at each meeting,
c h e c k i t o v e r, o k e y i t a n d s e n d i t i n .
If everyone will follow this simple plan,
your editors will be swamped with usable news and what a grand and glorious feeling that would be after being
so news-starved all these months.

...Our Thanks to
Employers Mutual Liability
Insurance Company of Wisconsin

W a d h a m s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Milwaukee
S q u a r e D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Milwaukee
R e e d s b u r g F o o d . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Reedsburg
K e a r n e y & Tr e c k e r . . . . . . . . . . . . Milwaukee
S t r a t t o n G r a i n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Milwaukee
Tw i n D i s c C l u t c h C o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Racine
S t r a t t o n G r a i n C o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Milwaukee
P a r k e r P e n C o . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Janesville

m o r o u s l y, t h e s o n g " P i s t o l P a c k i n '
Mama." Then there was a burlesque
on drill climaxed with a splendid showing of drill with arms. Wing staff ofricers as well as many CAPers from
other squadrons attended. The party
was a success from a financial point of
view too, inasmuch as the squadron
found its funds considerably enriched
when the final tallies were completed.

Lt. Scott Hatch, Manager of the Janesville Airport, has been appointed Operation Officer of the Janesville Unit. Mrs.
Scott Hatch has earned her commission and has been made Communicat i o n s O f fi c e r. B e n Wo r m e y i s n o w
Te c h n i c a l S e r g e a n t a n d R o b e r t R o b e r t s
a n d H a r l i n R y a n h a v e b e e n m a d e S t a ff

Lc Robert Lathrop, Communications
O f fi c e r o f t h e Wa u k e s h a S q u a d r o n , w a s
recently appointed Wing Communicat i o n s O f fi c e r b y L t . C o l . J o h n F. S t r a t ton. The post had been vacant since
Capt. Charles LaForce resigned when
leaving Milwaukee to take over the
management of a chain of radio stations in the west.
Lc Col. Stratton made a wise choice in
his new appointmenc There are few
men in the state with as wide a knowledge in all phases of radio communications as Lt. Lathrop. His vast experiences should reflect immediately in help
and guidance to all squadron communications officers. Lt. Lathrop will continue to serve as Squadron Communicat i o n s O f fi c e r a t Wa u k e s h a .


There's a lot of activity in the Janesville Squadron. Forty new members,
both regulars and cadets, have been enrolled during the last month. Special
classes in basic training are being given
to the newcomers. A code class is being
c o n d u c t e d b y B e n Wo r m e y o f D e l a v a n .
W h i t e w a t e r, M i l t o n , D e l a v a n , S h a r o n ,
Wa l w o r t h , E d g e r t o n a n d J a n e s v i l l e a r e
all represented in the new members.
O f fi c e r L i l l i a n M c C r o r y, W i n g A d j u tant, got a "most wonderful" Christmas
present in the form of a husband. It's
M r s . F r a n k L . Wa r s h n o w. C o n g r a t u l a tions and best wishes for a full life of
happiness !

What is this anyhow--a rank conspiracy? It
sure resembles something of the sort. Another spell without a slip. There's no activity and not a single mishap to report.

Pvt. Edwrad H. Hegeman, a former
member of the Racine Squadron, wrote
a letter to Lt. John S. Rowland, Com. . . . . m a n d e r, w h i c h e v e r y C A P m e m b e r
should read. Here it is:
' :'
"Dear Lieutenant:
"Just a few lines to let you know that l'm
~ .....
in the Army Air Force. I was sent to Camp
; : ; :
Grant October 27, and left from there No!
vember 5 for Jefferson Barracks, Mo. This
port is entirely an air force replacement
center. I'm here for 48 days of basic training. After that, either an aerial gunner or
ground mechanic. I can't start to stress how
valuable all my Air Patrol training has been.
All the drilling is so much easier because
I've learned the maneuvers in the Patrol.
About the first thing that was extra handy
was knowing the General Orders. We
couldn't get a pass until we knew them
back and forth. Code and disassembling a
rifle has helped much.
During the [all, Lt. Col. Stratton attended the Illinois Iving Mobilization at Peoria. This
"I'm very thankful I was given the opporpicture was just received showing Lt. Col. Stratton wih Major C. IV. Schuck, Illinois IVing
tunity to get this training in the Civil Air
Commander; L. Phillips, Kankakee Ordnance, Kankakee, Illinois; Lt. Col. E. L. Johnson, NaPatrol. I can highly recommend CAP to
lional Commander; Lt. Col. Lauris M. Eek, Air Liaison Officer, 6th Service Command;
an)' new or old member.
and Lt. Col. ]ack Vilas, National Executive Officer.
"Your letter of recommendation seemed to
carry a lot of weight and I'm sure it was
because of my CAP experience that put me
of the AAF in the Enlisted Reserve.
in the Army Air Force--just where I wanted
to be. "Best of luck to you and the Patrol
Our congratulations to each one of
and hello to all the swell fellows.
you !
"Thankfully yours,
RADIO STATION James T. Thoenmke Thomas W. Yentz
Edward H. Hegeman,
Raymond H. Reid
Ronald Gordon Ross
South Milwaukee, Wis."
A radio program over station WCLO,
Jack Q. Weaseman
George J. Ruetz
There are a lot of Edward Hegemans'
Raymond H. Londo
Janesville, was arranged for the local
Ray Rosko
who have had the same experience
s q u a d r o n b y L t . I r v i n g C l a r k , G r o u p Raymond L. Bickford William R. Felton
Phil R. Garramone
Lawrence S. Lindgren w h e n g e t t i n g i n t o s e r v i c e . T h e r e a r e
I n t e l l i g e n c e O f fi c e r. T h e p r o g r a m c o n Robert L. Denton
Eric Weiss
a lot of boys, too, who could have
s i s t e d o f a n i n t e r v i e w w i t h L t . J . A r t h u r Richard J. Johnson
Wm. W. Schulz
made their entry into the armed forces
Gilbert W. DeMint
M o r a n , S q u a d r o n C o m m a n d e r, a n d s i x
Thomas J. Johnson
John T. Auman
an easier move had they had the milim e n a n d w o m e n o f t h e s q u a d r o n . T h e Milton W. Crouch
Lee G. Maynard
Richard D. Reshan
tary training which CAP offers. It's
program was in the nature of quesRichard P. Kerschaw Donald E. Evans
up to every CAP member to tell Pvt.
tions and answers covering individual
W i l l i a m P. F o x
Wallace J. Regnery
Hegeman's story to every 17 year old
Eugene P. Doepping Robert J. Slowachek
experiences and line of duties of Civil
Roy J. Scheller
Dexter D. Black
youngster they meet.
Air Patrol. Lt. Moran took advantage
of the opportunity to reach fathers and
mothers of 17 year olds with a detailed story about aviation cadets. The
results of the radio program were reflected in many inquiries and CAP enlistments, especially in the ranks of the

Everybody in the Racine Squadron has
been on his toes in the cadet program.
The unit has close to 80 cadets in the
CAP ranks with new recruits being
added at every meeting. "That's our
b i g a s s i g n m e n t r i g h t n o w, " s a y s C o m mander John S. Rowland, "and we are
going after it with everything we've
got to do an outstanding job."
Following are the names of cadets who
can well be proud of having passed
their tests to qualify them as members

Here you see Sgt. Moran being interviewed by Lt. Clark. Others, le[t to right, are: Sgt.
1William Schlenk, Beloit; Lt. ]. Arthur Moran, Commander, Delavan; Dr, R. L. Moberly,
Milton; Sgl. Ruby tlatch, Edgerton; Albert Harris, lt'~alworth; and Observer Mary Ellen
Hodge, ]anesville.

Av i a t i o n c a d e t r e c r u i t i n g c o n t i n u e s t o
be the No. 1 job for all CAP units.
Listed below are the units which have
done an outstanding job and are entitled to special commendation for the
work. they have done on aviation cadet
recrmung :
La Crosse
Rice Lake
' Racine
The La Crosse Squadron, under Lt. McCall, in the opinion of Wing Headquarters, has done the outstanding cadet
recruiting job in the Wisconsin Wing.
They have delivered the goods regularly and consistently every month since
c a d e t r e c r u i t i n g w a s a s s i g n e d t o C A P.
Every month after the Screening Caravan has visited La Crosse, Lt. McCall
sends a report listing the names of applicants contacted by CAP who applied
for the screening tests, together with
the names of those accepted and the
names of those rejected. This makes it
possible to definitely give credit for
all cadet applicants signed up through
C A P. I t i s a p o l i c y t h a t s h o u l d b e f o l lowed by all units.
With a view to seeing that CAP units
get proper credit for each aviation
cadet applicant contacted and sworn in
and in order to check which units are
doing a job and which are not, it has
b e e n s u g g e s t e d t o t h e M i l w a u k e e Av i a tion Cadet Examining Board that at the
time screening tests are given each applicant be interviewed and asked what
agency inspired him to apply for cadet
e n l i s t m e n t . H o w e v e r, t h e b o a r d e x plains that the personnel of the Caravan are so busy conducting tests, checking papers, etc., that they do not have
time to do this. Lt. Sage informs us,
h o w e v e r, t h a t t h e b o a r d w o u l d b e g l a d
to have a CAP member assigned to the
Caravan in each city in which it appears. The CAPer so assigned would
interview each applicant and determine
from what source he obtained his information about the Cadet Enlisted Reserve program. This would-be helpful
both to the board and CAP as it would
give the board information as to the
agencies doing the most good in the
recruiting program. It would also assure CAP of getting definite credit for
those applicants recruited. It is, therefore, suggested that each CAP unit commander assign one of his members to
duty with the Screening Caravan on
the day that the Caravan visits a city
in which CAP has a squadron or flight.
Personnel assigned to this mission

Commander John S. Rowland has assigned Lt. J. A. March squadron reporter and Racine editor for Wing Bulletin news. That's the best news we've
had for a long time. The Bulletin needs
a reporter in every squadron- there's
no other way to get news! Squadron
commanders -- come on -- follow suit.
The photos shown here are reporter
Marck's first contribution.

lisiting the results of your activities.
Every mission so far assigned to CAP
h a s b e e n c o n c l u d e d s u c c e s s f u l l y. T h e
most important of all missions is that
of cadet recruiting. It is every CAP
members job to work diligently to get
recruits. And, if every CAPer will
r e c o g n i z e t h i s r e s p o n s i b i l i t y, t h i s m i s sion, too, will be successfully concluded.

Lt. Harry Schoblaska, former Commander of the Manitowoc Squadron,
has been appointed Commander of the
3 r d G r o u p W i s c o n s i n C A P. L t . D . " ~ V.
M a c M e e k i n , S r. , h a s b e e n a p p o i n t e d
G r o u p E x e c u t i v e O f fi c e r. T h e C A P
u n i t s a ff e c t e d a r e t h e M a n i t o w o c , O s h kosh and Appleton Squadrons and the
Sheboygan and Sturgeon Bay Flights.
L t . E d w i n S m i t h , f o r m e r Tr a i n i n g a n d
Operations Officer of the Manitowoc
Squadron has taken over the command of his squadron.

Each F~/ednesday Lt. Albert Troestler conducts code classes in the Horllck Field assembly room.


(Continued /rom page I)
2,345 because Escanaba, Iron Mountain,
Houghton and Antigo have not sent
reports as requested and are therefore
not included in the following summary:
N u m b e r o f S q u a d r o n s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Number of Flights ..................
A c t i v e R e g u l a r s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,303
Provisionals .......................
Cadets ............................
N u m b e r o f W o m e n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 577
Number AAF Enlisted Reserves ...... 143
Strength by Groups
Lt. Polacheck gives instruction in aviation G r o u p 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 624
G r o u p 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 383
tactics. This photo shows a typical weekly
G r o u p 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 412
G r o u p 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 423
G r o u p 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440
Wisconsin Security Unit .............
Wing Staff ........................
One of the surprising revelations in analyzing the report is the fact that 12
squadrons or flights do not list cadet
units. It behooves them to get the ball
rolling as fast as possible for more
reasons than one. First; cadet units
in every other squadron have been a
real source of stimulation for the enLt. Gus Lindemann is shown here giving
tire squadron. Old members found a
basic instruction to cadets. Out o[ 72 new
new interest in their work. Second;
cadets, 26 have already passed the Air Corps
tests and are now in the Enlisted Reserve.
a squadron without a cadet unit or a
cadet program will find itself on the
,,should send a complete report to Wing outside looking in as far as the AAF
ships are concerned. With 12 additional squadrons and flights getting inIf you feel that your unit has done a
job on aviation recruiting and is not re- to the swim on cadet programs plus a
normal increase in regular enlistments
ceiving the proper recognition it is
we can look forward to a total strength
probably because you have failed to
s e n d a d e q u a t e r e p o r t s t o H e a d q u a r t e r s o f 3 , 5 0 0 b e f o r e m a n y m o n t h s r o l l b y.