AIR: Civilian Pilots

Hardy as tumbleweed and persistent as the seven-year itch, U.S. civilian flyers argued for years their worth as a backlog of pilots for the military. Last week they got their first minuscule recognition—a commendatory Army news release. The praise came not from the High Command, but from an officer afield.

Major General Follett Bradley, of the Air Force, Eastern Defense Command, made the announcement. Flyers of the Civil Air Patrol, doggedly buzzing away over miles on miles of sea wastes, had contributed to the sinking of some Axis submarines by tipping off...

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