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WWII Office of Civilian Defense Civil Air Patrol GM-27.pdf

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Wa s h l n g t o n , D . C ,


S U B J E C T: F o r e s t P a t r o l

:..All Wing Commanders





~ . ~ . g e r o f f o r e s t f % r ~ . , w h e t h e r b y s a b e r, s o r. b y l i ~ t u r a l
c a u s e s ? m u s t b e g u a r d e d s g a i n s t w i t h v i g i i a n c e ~ h i s . y e a r. . T i m b e r. i s a s t r a t e g i c
r e s o u r c e w h i c h m u s t b e p r o t e c t e d . . FA r e s i n s o m e f o r e s t a r e a s w o u l d ' t h r e a t e n
power lines and other war facilities. The manihours'lost in putting out fires
is a ~rain.on the.labor supp~,.
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2. The. United States Forest Service. has isent a memorandum to" all of
its Regional. Foresters explaining the or~azization of: the Civil Air Patrol and
.,authorizing them to utilize its services w~ere desirable in their Judgement.
They have the authority toentez, into agreements with units of thePatroland the
funds to remtplmmee an d~co,~pon@ateflyingporsonnel. ~ .....
3 . S u c h w o r k w i l l n o t s u ~ p l a r. t o r c u r t a i l e x i s t i n g c o m m e r c i a l s e r v i c e s
now under contract for work over the forests.
~. Possible foresS missions of the Civil Air Patrol include flights,
either on regular schedule or in emergsncles, for:
a. ~etection--0bservation over blind spots or in periods of
low visibility e~ter electrical storms.
~. Scouting--Observation over going fires.
c . ~ Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n . o f m e n - - F e r r y i n g t o s c e n e o f a t t a c k .
d. T!ansDortation of cargo--Supplies and equipment to fire camps.
e. Miscellaneous-~Dropping.parachute fire fighters and other
work mmyberequized.
5. ~egional Foresters have been asked to get in touch with Wing
Commanders in each State where services are needed and to work out arrangements
for using the equipment emd personnel of Wings or of units thereof..It has been
recommended that representatives of the National Park Service, ~reau of
Indian Affairs, and other Department of the Interior agencies be consulted in
S t a t e s w h e r e t h e y h a v e p r o p e r t y t o p r o t e c t . B u t i t h a s b e e n a g r e e d i n Wa s h i n g t o n
that all arrangements will be made with the Forest Service to cover all CAP
forest 0Per~tions over the public domain. State Forestry Departments also should
be fully consulted. State-wide conferences of interested s~encies are recommende~
Provision should be made for the iss~u~uce of offici~l Operations Orders when
missions are fio~n~. Careful attention should be given to fiscal procedure for
prompt payment.
6. Since the fire danger has passeduntil fall in most'of the Xastern
States, immediate operations are likely to be mostly in the West. But all Wings
should look ~head to future operations in dry periodsand plan their practice
missions accordingly with the guidance of forest officials.

7. CAP personn~l will receive per diom compensation for the d~,ys
they 810 actu~lly on active-duty forest flight missions 8~d will not be paid
for practice work. Pilots on forest patrol, preferably with 200 hours or
more flying time and with adequate cross-country flying experience, will
receive $8 per diem, and observers $7. Other personnel, if needed, will be
compensated according to the rates for coastal patrol duty'as set forth in
0perotions Directive No. 15, May l, 1942. Most of the work will be performed
with a pilot and observer for each plane. Ins~Arance, a~ per ~-23, ~4, ~nd
25, May 15, 1942, is compulsory for participation in forest flight missions.
8. All pl~ues u~ed on forest work must be equipped with 2-way
radio. Under certain conditions, it may be possible to use Fo!~est Service
frequencies. The question of modifying fuselages for ~daption to fire-control
work will need immediate study in each Wing. AJrpl~es will be rented at
hourly rates for the time actually in flight on forest missions. Reimbursement
schedules for forest patrol missions, required insur&uce, and procedure to
be followed in connection therewith are covered in 0potations Directive No. 17,
May 21, 1942.
9. Where necessary to operate aircraft from undesignated fields,
armed guard is not required if the aircraft are put in unflyable condition by
such methods as removal of wheel or of magneto or carburetor psrts. CAA
Regional Inspectors should be consulted for further clearance. If forest p~.trol
missions are in a Theatrs of 0perations, military clearsa~ces must be arranged.
10. All Wing Comm~nders are instructed to get in immediate touch
with appropriate ~uthorities ~nd keep National Headquarters posted on developments. This is an opportunity for outstanding service and also is the best
s o r t o f fl i g h t t r a i n i n g f o r a l l o t h e r t y p e s o f , ~ c t i v e - d u t y m i s s i o n s . Yo u r
plans should be so drawn that required services will be immediately avails_ble
on call.

National Com~er