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Saturday, November 6, 1943
Vol. 2—No. 8 Sat., November 6, 1943
Published weekly at the U. S. Navy Pre-
Flight School, Chapel Hill, N. C., under super
vision of the Public Relations Office. Contri
butions of news, features, and cartoons are
welcome from all hands and should be turned
in to the Public Relations Office, Navy Hall.
CLOUDBUSTER receives Camp Newspaper
Service material. Republication of credited
matter prohibited without permission of CNS,
War Department, 205 E. 42nd St., N.Y.C.
CoMDR. John P. Graff, USN (Ret.)
Lieut. Comdr. James P. Raugh, USNR
Lieut. P. O. Brewer, USNR
Public Relations Officer
Editor: Lt. (jg) Leonard Eiserer, USNR
Associate Editor: Orville Campbell, Y2c
By George J. Grewenow
Chaplain Corps, USNR
The scene of a shipwreck, a composer of
many tunes, a reputation confined to twenty-
four lines of verse—these are the ingredients
of the hymn so near and dear to the heart of
the Navy. Perhaps no hymn sung by the men
of the Navy and by the Navy’s loved ones is
so full of meaning and so soul-stirring as
“Eternal Father, strong to save.”
William Whiting, Master of Wichester Col
lege Choristers’ School, England, wrote the
hymn seventy-seven years ago. He wrote other
hymns, but his reputation as a hymn-writer
is confined almost entirely to this hymn of
twenty-four lines. It was written at a time
when many of England’s young men were go
ing to sea and loved ones ashore anxiously
awaited their return. Dr, John B. Dykes, com
poser of many beautiful hymn tunes, wrote the
tune to which it is sung.
The tune is called “Melita.” Melita, now
called Malta, is the scene of the shipwreck
suffered by the Apostle Paul recorded in the
Book of Acts, chapters 27 and 28. Paul knew
by his own experience the power of the “Eter
nal Father, strong to save.” A more fitting
name could scarcely be given the tune.
The stanza so meaningful to the Navy Air
Corps was written in 1915 by Mary C. D.
Here are the words:
Eternal Father, strong to save;
Whose arm doth hind the restless wave;
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep.
Its own appointed limits keep,
0 hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea.
Lord, guard and guide the men who fly
Through the great spaces of the sky.
Be with them traversing the air.
In darkening storm and sunlight fair—
O hear us when we lift our prayer
For those in peril in the air. Amen.
This is the first of a series of aircraft indoc-
ti’ination lessons that probably will be discon
tinued as soon as possible. Because the very
first thing you must do about an airplane is
approach it, let us begin there.
While approaching aircraft WATCH OUT
. . . (watch out for a pretty blonde WAVE,
5'2", eyes of blue, turned up nose—if you find
her, see if she has a friend for us—same dimen
sions) . As you near the ship you will note that
the motor is not running—probably because
it was not started ... so, natch (short for
naturally), you must help crank it, or turn
the switch on, or some such action—anything
at all to get the doggone thing started. If you
are alert and quick on the trigger, you can
usually slip by the plane captain, into your
chute and into the cockpit.
Now to the problem of cranking the ship
(see, you got caught?)—this requires only a
simple twist of the wrist ... if you twist your
wrist off, try it with the other hand . . . you’re
bound to get it started after the second crank
ing—or the third—or the fourth—or the fifth
—or the sixth—all right, sissy, get the Chief to
3tart it for you.
The prop in its twirling condition, can be
used for any number of purposes. This is the
best one ... with one hand on the flying wires,
and one foot crossed behind the other, so as to
throw you slightly off balance, try to see how
close you can actually get your fingers to the
prop. It’s wonderful for clipping finger nails
off up to the elbow.
Now you are ready to approach the cockpit.
Natch, there’s a slight matter of getting rid
of the crank first—you can’t let a thing like a
crank just be lying around anywhere, or can
you? We’ll check it up when we get around
to it in the section on cranks BuAer 3482AA-
979M21Navy. In the meantime, carry the
crank with you. The cockpit approach as ex
plained in “(A) Is To (X) And What’s It To
You” by Slapstikovich (Over D. Hill, 1944)
tells you simply to enter from the port side by
placing the port foot on the port wing walk and
lifting yourself up by the arms—then place
your port foot into the fuselage step to get
into the after cockpit, or your starboard to
enter the forward cockpit. If you don’t know
port from starboard then use the Flop, Slip,
and Jump Method — it’s much more sporty
—From “Exhaust," NAS, Glenview, III.
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