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VOL. 1

1 0 5 1 N O R T H M A I N " S T.



believe in the United States of America,
as a government of the people, by the
people, for the people, whose just powers
are derived from the consent of the governed; a


democracy in a republic; a sovereign nation of
many sovereign states; a perfect union, one and
inseparable; established upon those principles
of freedom, equality, justice and humanity for
which American patriots sacrificed their lives
and fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my
country to love it, to support its constitution,
to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend
it against all enemies.

NO. 1


Major N. W. Rakestraw
Capt. B. L. Mann
Capt. F. H. Lovenberg
Capt. L. J. Custer
Capt. T. N. Saaty
1st Lieut. W. P. Jones
1st Lieut. A. R. Jones

1st Lieut. A. S. Lehmann
1st Lieut. E. A. Mercier
2d Lieut. M. B. Hall 2d Lieut. J. N. Fox
S . W. B a r d s l e y
T. H . W i t h e r b y
B. H. Gratt
E d i t o r . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C a p t . F. H . L o v e n b e r g
A s s o c i a t e E d i t o r . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sergeant A. E. Swift

This is one of the greatest stories of
America's greatest war, squeezed into 400
It is the story of the Civil Air Patrol, an
American phenomenon born out of the
heartbreak and shock and uneasy dread of
Pearl Harbor and grown, miraculously, into the most amazing, most flamingspirited, tightly-knit and hard-working
volunteer army this nation has ever seen.
One week before Pearl Harbor there
was no Civil Air Patrol; it was just a
dream in the heart of Gill Robb Wilson,
president of the National Aeronautical
Association. A few days after Pearl Harbor Earle L. Johnson, a pilot of 14 years'
experience, took off one night in his own
ship and dropped a sandbag squarely upon
a C l e v e l a n d f a c t o r y, j u s t t o m a k e o t h e r s
see--as he had seen--how fearfully vulnerable our peace-geared aviation system
would be for a few determined, smart
Today Gill Robb Wilson is as proud as
the father of quintuplets. His baby has
g r o w n u p . To d a y, L t C o l . J o h n s o n , w h o
carried out his own startling aerial Paul
Revere Mission with the sandbag, is Commander of the Civil Air Patrol, and the top
officer in the most astonishing army of
civilians ever to serve under the Stars and
From exactly nothing the whole thing
started. From nothing it grew like magic.
Men too old for the army, boys too young

for it; sportsmen bringing their light
planes with them; women who enlisted to
be mechanics, nurses, radio operators, observers and photographers. There were
no draft deferments for CAP members and
they asked none. Thousands of them have
gone gladly into the air forces; many
more thousands couldn't make it and, not
wanted by the AAF, went determinedly on
with their CAP jobs.
This is an army now more than 80,000
strong, flying out of a thousand air fields.
This is an army that has flown more than
twenty million miles, spotted 150 submarines in American coastal waters, has
sunk a few of them and has driven the rest
off until today the reign of submarine terror in coastal shipping has been beaten out
by the little wings of the small CAP
coastal planes.
This is an army which has lost 73 precious planes and more than 30 good fliers,
who died as bravely as any combat pilot
in a Sicilian or Solomon Islands dogfight.
This is an army that numbers among its
dead amateurs, a man of 50 and a boy of
This is an army of millionaires and
motormen, of lawyers and liquor salesmen,
of undertakers and carpenters, of furniture merchants and photographers, of
garage men and artists, of plumbers and
physicians, of housewives and professional
women and librarians and store clerks.
This is an army which has cut down
trees to build its own coastal patrol bases
and has paid the farmers for the trees.
This is an army whose women have run
canteens for their bases, when there was
n o m o n e y f o r c a n t e e n s . T h i s i s a n a r m y,
which, at one new coastal patrol base, had
no life preservers but solved the problem
when seven dead Germans were washed
up on their beach one evening--all of them
wearing life belts.
This is an army that patrols the perilous
coastal waters, from Maine to Mexico, an
army that operates Army and industrial
courier service everywhere in the 48
states; an army that patrols the forest, flies
emergency relief to flood and disaster
areas and, skirting mountainous and
wooded terrain its pilots know like the
backs of their hands, has located lost
plane after plane where other searchers
have failed.
This is an army that patrols the wild
a n d i s o l a t e d b o r d e r b e t w e e n Te x a s a n d
Mexico, flying low enough to read license
plates and tell the color of a suspected
pedestrian's necktie.
This is an army that flies on active duty
for mere subsistence pay and flies all its
other work without any compensation at

This is an army that spends, out of its
own pockets, about one million dollars
every month to keep Civil Air Patrol doing
a l l i t c a n i n t h i s Wa r a n d , i n t h e c a s e o f a t
least 30 lost pilots--more than it can do.
This is an army which fought its way up
from early ridicule as a bunch of joy-hopping playboys to its place today as an
auxiliary to the AAF and the only civilian
organization entitled to wear the U. S.
This, for a proud and last record of the
w a r, i s a n a r m y f o r e n d u r i n g p r i d e .
This is an army no man or woman in it
will ever forget.
T h i s i s t h e C I V I L A I R PAT R O L .

It should be of interest to all members to
know something about our flying equipment--even though we don't fly very much.
The two Army ships which have been
lent us for use in Aviation Cadet recruiti n g a r e o f t h e L 2 M t y p e , b r a n d n e w Ta y l o r c r a f t s , p o w e r e d w i t h 6 5 H . P. C o n t i n e n t a l
motors. Designed and built for liaison
work with ground artillery they carry twoway radio, of course, and have many
special gadgets. Visibility ~is especially
good, both over the nose and all around the
horizon. They were built for observation
a n d t h e r e i s c l e a r v i s i o n t o t h e r e a r. I n
fact, the observer's seat can be turned
around backwards--which gives one an
u n u s u a l e x p e r i e n c e o n t a k e - o ff . T h e s h i p s
are nice and warm, since they have very
good heaters, and that will make it pleasant for the next few months, during which
they should be put to a good deal of use.
In addition to these, the Wing has three
ships which are more properly its own.
T h e fi r s t o f t h e s e i s a Ta y l o r c r a f t , 5 5 ,
NC22674, which, after a spell of courier
service during the fall, has been grounded
f o r a n o v e r h a u l . T h e s h i p b e l o n g s t o D r.
(now Captain) C. E. Hagan, who left the
ship for the use of the Wing when he went
into service in the medical division of the
Air Forces.
Then there is a Cub Coupe, 65 RH., NC23109, which was similarly left for the use
o f t h e W i n g w h e n i t s o w n e r, I r v i n g P e s k i n ,
went to Florida. This is now assigned to
miscellaneous courier work out of the
Army Air Base at Hillsgrove.
L a s t , i s a C u b C r u i s e r, 7 5 H P. , N C 2 7 9 5 8 ,
which belongs to the Eight Hour Club,
whose members are among the personnel
of this squadron. This ship is also availab]e to the Wing for operational flying, although its owners stil] retain control of it.
We have ships; what we need more is
people to keep them in shape. If you want
something interesting to do, and have a
little time in which to do it, report to

Lieutenant A. R. Jones, who will arrange
for your assignment to the ground crews
which service these ships.

O u r S q u a d r o n C o m m a n d e r, L i e u t e n a n t
Lehmann, went home to California for the
holidays and came back with a Christmas
present--a wife! Mrs. Lehmann was prev i o u s l y M i s s R o s a l i e L o w t h e r, 2 d L i e u t e n a n t , C A P, o f t h e W a s h i n g t o n S q u a d r o n .
Congratulations all around. What, no
See-gars ?

A recent order from Headquarters
establishes a scale of ratings, according to
which all members are entitled to appointment in such rank (corporal, sergeant,
etc.), as their training determines. A
board has been appointed, consisting principally of Wing Officers, which will as soon
as possible pass upon the qualifications of
all members and confirm them in their
p r o p e r r a t i n g s . T h e r e a f t e r, p r o m o t i o n s i n
grade by reason of rating will be automatic
as each member completes more of his
training. Provisions will be made for those
who want to advance more rapidly than
the regular training program will permit.
These will be allowed to work on the training directives themselves and take exam
inations for credit. Further details will be
g i v e n l a t e r. M e a n w h i l e , i t w i l l b e g o o d
news to learn that developments are under
way which will permit of more rapid

O n J a n u a r y 5 , M a s t e r S e r g e a n t s T. H .
Witherby and B. H. Gratt were promoted
to the rank of Warrant Officers, to function as Assistant Flight Leaders. On January 10, Sergeant A. E. Swift was promoted to the rank of first Sergeant. These
men have served long and faithfully in
the Squadron and their promotion is well

I'll admit your uniform does become you-You look just right as a Second Lieutenant,
But from my point of view-The C.A.P. wives should get the pennant.
Rush home after work, peel potatoes, set the table,
While you d~ess up to look like Gable-I plan to go to a dance, or a movie to see a dramatic
But no: First comes the CIVIL AIR PATROL.
All in all, guess its pretty swell
As I know you are trying to do your part,
But do you have to be gone every night pell-mell,
Have a Hee--aaaaarrrrrttttt !!!

EAI]ET PllflMflTlfll~S
The following promotions were made in
the Cadet Squadron on January 5:
Sergeant J.H. Elwell
F. F. M a r c e y

A . J . K o u r y, J r.

S e r g e a n t B . F. M u r r a y
W. A . R o t h w e t l
S. M. Kaufman
M. R. Plante
G.A. Dextrase
Privates First Class
R. E. Shackelton
T. P. W a l l a c e
S e r g e a n t W. R i t z
F. A . Z o d d a
R. DeNicola

P. A . B l a c k i n t o n
J.J. McElroy

Privates First Class
F. D z i o k
N. Melander
H. S. Drobiazgiewicz
These men were given their warrants in
a special ceremony before the whole
Squadron on the occasion of the joint
meeting with the Silver Wings Club. The
sergeants became leaders of their respect i v e fl i g h t s . L a t e r, a S q u a d r o n C o m m a n d e r
w i l l b e p i c k e d a n d a S q u a d r o n S t a ff .

i~very Saturday afternoon from 12:00
noon to sundown, with weather permitting,
army planes can be seen flying over Providence Airport. These planes are piloted
by Civil Air Patrol members of the Providence Squadron giving orientation instruction in flying to Army Cadets enlisted
M a j o r R a k e s t r a w, C a p t a i n M a n n , C a p t a i n S a a t y, L i e u t e n a n t A r t h u r J o n e s a n d
Pilot Crooke are some of the members piloting the army planes.
There are about 30 cadets given orientat i o n i n s t r u c t i o n e a c h S a t u r d a y. T h e S i l v e r
Wing Club members are also being flown
by Civil Air Patrol pilots. These members
are a part of the reserve cadets, but have
formed a club of their own. It won't be

long before they will be in aviation schools,
so they are now taking advantage of all
flight instruction that will help them in
primary training.
It has been heard in the halls of the
Armory that Cadets have been saying,
"When will I get a plane ride?" For these
C a d e t s w e ' l l s a y, " T i m e i s s h o r t f o r t h e
amount of instruction given to Cadets from
the reserves, Silver Wing Club members
and a few Civil' Air Patrol Cadets from
Woonsocket squadron, so "Wait you're
t u r n . Yo u w o n ' t b e t h e f o r g o t t e n m a n . "
Flying these cadets is not the only operation to be done. Many other clerical jobs
have to be done, such as clearance papers
to be filled out, arrival and clearance time
to be recorded and oh! yes--the wood for
the fireplace in the Drop house must be cut.
Supervision must be given to all operations. Lieutenant A. S. Lehmann, Squadron
C o m m a n d e r ; L i e u t e n a n t W. R . J o n e s , Wa r rant Officer Benjamin Graft, First Sergeant
Arthur Swift, and Private Robert Jones are
doing their part assisting in these operations.

Eivil Air Patrol Eadets
We hope that you will not get the mistaken idea that your enlistment as aviation
cadets automatically insures your being
sent to pre-flight school and subsequent
flight schools for pilot, navigator or bomba r d i e r t r a i n i n g . T h e Wa r D e p a r t m e n t h a s
publicly announced that your acceptance
by the aviation Cadet examinating board
w a s p r e l i m i n a r y o n l y, a n d t h a t fi n a l s e l e c tion for air crew training is made at the
A A / F b a s i c t r a i n i n g c e n t e r . Yo u w i l l b e
given physical examinations much more
severe than those taken at the time of your
enlistment. In addition you will undergo
very extensive psychological aptitude tests.
Only those individuals with the highest
qualifications as indicated by these tests
a r e b e i n g s e l e c t e d f o r b o m b a r d i e r, n a v i g a tor or pilot training. Those who fail will
be reassigned to aerial gunnery or such
training as their aptitude scores indicate
they are best qualified.
Therefore, it must be plain to you, that
the training you get in Civil Air Patrol will
be of utmost value to you in achieving your
a m b i t i o n t o g e t a i r - c r e w t r a i n i n g . We h a v e
reports indicatin"g that cadets trained by
the Civil Air Patrol are invariably scoring
higher in these aptitude tests than those
aviation cadets who have not had the opp o r t u n i t y o f s u c h t r a i n i n g . O b v i o u s l y, i t i s
to your best interest to be attentive in your
STUDIES and DRILLS while with us.

Arc you a Cadet in the Civil Air Patrol.? Then tell your friends.
may want to i. in. The Civil Air Patrol needs more Cadets.