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Alabama Wing - Nov 2007

Alabama Wing - Nov 2007

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November 2007
More
 
than
 
Meets
 
the
 
Skies…
1
Alabama Wing
U. S. Civil Air PatrolUSAF Auxiliary
NEWSLETTER November 2007
Col Mike Oakman Lt Col Dave BoswellCommander Vice-Commander
Contents
 
1st
 
LT
 
James
 
Traylor
 
receives
 
honor
 
Alabama
 
Searches
 
for
 
Missing
 
Flight
 
3
 
Maxwell
 
Composite
 
supports
 
exercise
 
3
 
SARTEC
 
visits
 
Huntsville
 
Squadron
 
4
 
AL
 
055
 
and
 
AL
 
119
 
at
 
Flying
 
Activity
 
4
 
Inspector
 
General
 
Contact
 
Information
 
4
 
Wing
 
Finds
 
Missing
 
Aircraft
 
Site
 
5
 
Tuscaloosa
 
in
 
Missing
 
Person
 
search
 
6
 
SER
 
Winter
 
Encampment
 
6
 
School
 
Enrichment
 
Program
 
7
 
Boaz
 
Middle
 
School
 
Squadron
 
7
 
Wreaths
 
Across
 
America
 
7
 
Winter
 
Safety
 
from
 
AL118
 
9
 
Paws
 
in
 
the
 
Park
 
9
 
Non
 
Distress
 
Find
 
by
 
AL
 
032
 
10
 
Be
 
Ready
 
Day
 
at
 
Tuscaloosa
 
10
 
Model
 
Aeronautics
 
Jamboree
 
11
 
CWO4
 
McGonegal
 
Returning
 
11
 
Then
 
and
 
Now
 
Pictures
 
11
 
Veteran’s
 
Day
 
12
 
Critical
 
Incident
 
Stress
 
Management
 
13
 
Wing
 
Staff 
 
15
 
1Lt James Traylor honoredfor USAF service
One of our own, 1Lt James Traylor (USAFMSgt, retired), was honored with adedication at theAir Force Enlisted Heritage
 
Research Institutelocated at Maxwell-Gunter AFB, AL.Graduating the Army Air Forces FlexibleGunnery School as an Aerial Gunner onNovember, 8 1942, Traylor wassubsequently assigned to the 384th BombGroup, 544th Bomb Squadron. He served onthe Boeing B-17F-80-BO, "
Vertical Shaft",
 SN 42-29956 during WWII.On his eleventh mission, August 17, 1943,his Flying Fortress was lost at approximately14:30hrs to enemy fighter fire on a bombingmission to Schweinfurt's ball bearingfactories during the Eighth Air Force'sMission #84 - twin raids on Resengensburgand Schweinfurt occurring upon the firstanniversary of US heavy bomber operationsfrom the United Kingdom.
 
November 2007
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2That day, a total of 230 B-17s weredispatched to Schweinfurt. Of these, 188 hitthe target, 36 were lost, 3 were damagedbeyond repair and 118 were damaged. Theimpact of the battles over Schweinfurt andRegensburg could not be denied, if fact, theyare described as "the greatest air battles of 
 
World War II by any measure." These raids,
 
which became the last unescorted bomb runsof World War II represented a pivotal pointin WWII aerial combat strategy and thehistory of American military aviation.1Lt Traylor's "
Vertical Shaft"
was amongthose lost. 1Lt Traylor was captured andheld as a Prisoner of War from Aug 17,1943 to May 3, 1945 in Kerms, Austria. OnApril 8, 1945, as the result of the Russianadvance within Germany, the prisoners weremarched from Stalag 17B over 276kilometers to an opening within the Germanforests.Lt Traylor signs memorial wall.On May 2, 1945 the US Army's 13thArmored Division 3rd Army arrived, forcingGerman surrender. Traylor and the otherprisoners were released to the Americanforces, soon to depart Germany for R&R tothe United States.Traylor spent time in Miami, Florida beforere-enlisting in the USAF again as an AerialGunner. 1Lt Traylor flew aboard B-29 andB-50 bombers while assigned to Puerto Ricoand Greenland. He later entered the Supplyfield and served in Da Nang Air Base,Vietnam prior to his retirement from activeduty in October of 1969.1Lt Traylor still serves his nation as anactive member of the Maxwell CompositeSquadron, U.S. Civil Air Patrol. He holdsPilot, Mission Observer and MissionScanner ratings, and currently holds the dutyposition of squadron Administrative Officer.Thank you, 1st Lt Traylor for your manyyears of dedication and service to the CivilAir Patrol, United States Air Force, and theUnited States of America. The service andsacrifice that you and your fellow Airmenendured constitute the multitude of freedoms
 
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3we enjoy today. It is that bravery, faith andpersonal dedication upon which we rely.
Submitted by Capt Lee Harrison
Alabama Assists in Searchfor Missing Aircraft
On October 6, 2007, the Alabama Wing joined the search for a missing aircraft thatleft Bainbridge, Georgia, on a flight toEufaula, Alabama.The Alabama Mission Base at EufaulaAirport opened with Maj. John Neil as IC.Over 100 Alabama Officers and Cadetsworked on Saturday and Sunday in thesearch area, which included areas in andaround the Chattahoochee River.
Alabama Aircraft at Eufaula
Photo by Capt. A. Beresford 
In conjunction with the Alabama EmergencyManagement Agency, the US Coast Guard,and the Alabama Department of NaturalResources, CAP members completed rampsearches at airports along the presumedflight path and served as spotters on USCGand DNR boats in river searches.Three ground teams were available onSaturday and five were available on Sunday.The ground teams reporting to the missionwere from the Autagua-Elmore, Maxwell,Pell City, Auburn, and Birminghamsquadrons.The Alabama Wing flew 19.5 hours in 10sorties on Saturday and 32 hours in18 sortieson Sunday. Capt Paige Joyner, MissionInformation Officer for the Georgia Wing,reported that the aircraft was foundnorthwest of the Georgia Airport Mondaymorning by a Georgia ground team.
Maxwell Composite Provides AerialSupport for Joint Exercise
Maxwell Composite Squadron was invitedby the Clanton Composite Squadroncommander Capt. Gary Ernest to participatein a practice exercise on September 11,2007. The exercise had the participation of local, county and state law
 
enforcement, fireand rescue and search groups from ChiltonCounty and as far as Montgomery County.The scenario included two downed aircrafton approach to Clanton Municipal Airport.One of the mock aircraft was sending asignal of an ELT picked up by AFRCC andthe other went down with no evidence of anELT going off. After receiving a briefingfrom the commander of the ClantonSquadron, we departed from MGM on theway to Clanton.The crew, 1st Lt. James Glenn, 1st Lt. SamSnead, and Capt. Gerry Otero, arrived atClanton airport, and were briefed on themissing aircraft in the simulated exercise.The last communication received from onecrew put the aircraft at about five minutesaway from the airport at heading 360. Atapprox. 1755 we saw smoke coming fromthe ground and turned about ten degrees due

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