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CAP Bulletin, January - March 1942

CAP Bulletin, January - March 1942

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These are transcriptions of the original bulletins, photocopies that in many cases are too faint for clear scanning and digitization. The decision was made to commence a transcription to provide greater flexibility in sharing this information to the masses. The national CAP headquarters issued 48 bulletins in 1942.
These are transcriptions of the original bulletins, photocopies that in many cases are too faint for clear scanning and digitization. The decision was made to commence a transcription to provide greater flexibility in sharing this information to the masses. The national CAP headquarters issued 48 bulletins in 1942.

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Published by: Civil Defense History on May 31, 2013
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May 2013These are transcribed copies of the Office of Civilian Defense,
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Bulletin
from January
March 1942. The minor changes involvecorrecting misspellings and slight changes with formatting. The latterinvolves not every word being on the same line as the original. Otherwise,the spacing and formatting is true to the original copies.The end goal is to transcribe every issue of the
CAP Bulletin
from January1942 to June 1945 and publish as either an e-book or a paperback referencecopy.
 
FP-418OFFICE OF CIVILIAN DEFENSE NL=1CIVIL AIR PATROLWashington, D.C.January 28, 1942.To: Wing Commanders.Subject: Civil Air Patrol News Letter(Note: This is the first of the News Letters which will be sent youeach week. Its purpose is to keep you informed as to progress of CAPand to supply information which you may wish to pass on in letter formto your staff and groups. It is hoped the News Letter can become achannel through which developments, ideas, and operations from over theentire field can be made available to each area for possible adaptionto local conditions. Items of interest concerning all phases ofoperations will be welcomed by this department of CAP.)MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS. As of January 28 applications received at theWashington Office totaled 16,616 and are coming in at the rate ofapproximately 850 a day. These are being cleared as rapidly as possible andare being mailed to the Wing Commands for local files.Estimates being received from Wings where membership drives are beingconducted place the number of applicants at far higher figures than thenumber of applications received in Washington. The discrepancy is perhaps dueto delay on the part of the individual in making out the application after hehas signified his intention to join. However, a sharp increase in the numberof applications is indicated for the immediate future.To date applications by states are shown in the following table:Alabama 244 Maine 226 Ohio 1148Arizona 128 Maryland 258 Oklahoma 243Arkansas 162 Massachusetts 382 Oregon 350California 828 Michigan 1101 Pennsylvania 1082Colorado 155 Minnesota 137 Rhode Island 74Connecticut 318 Mississippi 48 South Carolina 236Delaware 127 Missouri 489 South Dakota 126Florida 392 Montana 273 Tennessee 297Georgia 112 Nebraska 196 Texas 563Idaho 153 Nevada 70 Utah 137Illinois 953 New Hampshire 201 Vermont 45Indiana 575 New Jersey 468 Virginia 122Iowa 399 New Mexico 149 Washington 343Kansas 263 New York 1366 West Virginia 230Kentucky 226 North Carolina 346 Wisconsin 337Louisiana 320 North Dakota 72 Wyoming 71D.C. 1 Canal Zone 1
 
To: Wing Commanders Page 2 January 27, 1942.Unfortunately we have as yet no statistics to show what percent of the91,443 certificated pilots listed by CAA on October 1, 1941 have entered thearmed services; what percent are in regular transport service, and whatpercent are represented in state and local groups which have signifiedintention to join CAP but have not sent in applications to date. However, thepercentage of applications received continues to show approximately 85percent with pilot certificates.APPLICATIONS WITH ERROR. Errors and omissions in applications are slowingdown their return to Wing Commands. Most frequent errors fall into fourgroups: (1) Missing, incomplete and smudged fingerprint cards. (2) Missingphotographs. (3) Illegible and unsigned applications. (4) Unsigned Oath ofAllegiance. Wing Commanders are asked to stress the importance of accurateand full applications.INFORMATION STATIONS. To expedite the flow of applications to Washington anumber of Wings have established offices where application blanks areavailable; fingerprint facilities are set up; photograph information is givenand in some instances facilities supplied and mailing is handled direct. Suchoffices have been established in New York, Atlanta, Dayton, San Francisco,Los Angeles, Cleveland and other points. These arrangements have greatlyfacilitated the movement of applications and have reduced the number whichmust be returned because of error.WEATHER INFORMATION. Plans are underway to try and obtain for CAP personnelthe same weather information furnished by the government to scheduled airtransport and the military forces.INSURANCE. Several conferences have been held by the CAP staff with aviationunderwriters to work out policies which will adequately protect personnelwhile on assigned CAP missions. The final draft of a policy will be in ourhands within one week.TRAINING PROGRAM. Training Directives Nos. 1 and 4 have been completed. Thetexts, furnished by the War Department and the Office of Civilian Defensehave been mailed to the 48 Wings. Two other directives: No. 5 Interior GuardDuty, and No. 6, Protection Against Gas, have also been approved and arebeing printed. These directives will not be available before the first weekin February.Col Harry Blee, director of the training program, this week began thefirst of a series of regional contact tours which will take him to each ofthe 48 Wings before completion. Objective of the tour is to acquaint Wing
Command staffs with the training procedure. Col. Blee’s first tour was to
Region 4, and he was accompanied by Capt. George W. Noland who has recently
been appointed Regional Commander. The remainder of Col. Blee’s schedule is
to be announced.

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