Ashland Times Gazette January 7, 1942
Ashland Fliers Join U.S. Civil Air Patrol
Present owners of the Ashland Airport will cooperate with the U.S. Government in plans for the use of the airport in civilian defense. A questionnaire requiring a complete description of the airport and local facilities for visiting flying personnel has been received from the war department by Leo Heyl, manager of the airport.
The Ashland Airport is remaining open under the regulation that a
24-hour standing guard is being maintained to make positive that no unauthorized flights are made. Every flight made must be registered as to the time of departure, destination, time of arrival, color of ship, etc. All private planes at the airport not maintaining 24-hour guard are grounded.
At present the guard duty is continued in three shifts, During the day two men employed at the filling station and garage serve as guards, Night shifts are being held by volunteer fliers.
Several local fliers have become members of the Civil Air Patrol, a federal organization, which will receive additional local organization here later, it is believed, It has been formed in order to insure private fliers that civil aviation will carry on, and will be carefully regulated rather than grounded during the war. The plans of CAP have been sanctioned by the Army and the Navy.
The program has been offered by Mayor LaGuardia from the offices of the National Civilian Defense to provide means by which the civilian aviation will survive the emergency. It is possible that air commerce facilities will increase for the post war period.
Outlined services in the CAP program are to include the following:
CAP personnel may be used to guard day and night, more than 2,000 airports in the U.S. where no military units are located. The demand for courier service under war conditions may utilize every pilot and aircraft capable of cross-country navigation. Air patrol of back country areas or of long stretches of uninhabited coastal land may be desired by the army and navy.
Towing of aerial gunner targets might be done by experienced civil airmen, thus releasing military equipment for more important duties.
Ferry service for training and observation planes might be performed.
With increased military flights many military planes will land under emergency conditions at many civil airports. Mechanical personnel to assist at such times will be at a premium. CAP. personnel familiarity with all types of aircraft can help air raid watchers in identifying air craft as friendly or enemy. The familiarity of CAP squadrons of home terrain may furnish valuable information to military service.
Patrolling of highway traffic under possible evacuation conditions may be a necessary service to state and military police forces.
Searching for military aircraft forced down or crashed in remote areas by the CAP can relieve military personnel and planes of this task.