Vol. 1—No. 43
U. S. Navy Pre-Flight School, Chapel Hill, N. C.
Saturday, July 17, 1943
Dance for Cadets
Being Held Tonight
Rain, rain stay away—^for if it
does the cadets here will enjoy
their first outdoor dance tonight
on the paved basketball courts in
back of Navy Hall.
Dancing under the stars to rhy
thms of the Pre-Flight swing
band will start at 2030 and end at
2315. Taps will be at 2400.
Khaki has been prescribed as
the uniform for the occasion for
the entire regiment of cadets.
In event of rain, the dance will
be moved indoors to Woollen gym-
Series of Evening
Beginning next Wednesday and
Continuing each week thereafter,
& series of movies has been sched
uled for showing in Memorial Hall
for the benefit of Pre-Flight per
sonnel. The showings will begin
at 1930 and will be about 50 min
utes in length. Officers, cadets and
unlisted men will thus have the
opportunity to see many excellent
films which cannot be made avail
able to them at any other time.
Films to be shown cover many
Phases of naval activities: ships
and planes of the Navy; naval and
shore engagements in Europe,
Africa, and the Pacific areas;
Japanese preparation for war;
and quizcraft films which will give
the cadets a chance to test their
skill in identifying planes.
Because of the nature of the
films, these movies will be open
only to station personnel.
Films scheduled for next Wed-
J^esday evening are: “Tomorrow
We Fly,” “Winning Spirit” and
“Eagles of the Navy.”
New First Lieutenant
Lieut, (jg) Percy H. Hooser,
USNR, has taken over duties as
^irst Lieutenant at this station.
Succeeding Lt. Comdr. T. M. Car-
^Uthers, USNR, who is being de
Cadet Continues Art Work Here
THAT PRE-FLIGHT training has not diminished his artistic urge
or skill is demonstrated by the pastel painting shown above with
cadet artist, Harold E. Raveche, Jr., 26th Battalion member from
Brooklyn, N. Y. Before entering the Navy, the 22-year-old Pre-
Flighter operated as a free lance commercial advertising artist in
New York and Brooklyn, using pastel, oil and water color techniques
learned during three years attendance at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
His initial artistic efforts on this station were two cartoons which
appeared in recent issues of the Cloudbuster. The pastel artpiece
shown above depicts a typical cadet in a chapel, with images of
famous naval heroes—Decatur, Porter, Nelson, Jones, Dewey, Samp
son and Farragut—breaking through at the top of the painting.
July 17—Free movie at the Vil
lage Theatre, “Arabian Nights”
with Maria Montez and Jon Hall.
Feature starts at 1555, 1940 and
2117. Complete show, 1 hour, 37
July 18—Free movie at the Vil
lage Theatre, “Tarzan’s New
York Adventure” with Johnny
Weismuller and Maureen O’Sulli
van. Feature starts at 1320 and
1451. Complete show, 1 hour, 29
Lt. Comdr. Eric Arendt,
Lt. (jg) Edward Mack, Jr.
Detached During Week
Lt. Comdr. Eric H. Arendt,
ChC, USN, and Lt. (jg) Edward
Mack, Jr., (SC) USNR, wer6 the
only officers detached from this
station during the past week.
Lt. Comdr. Arendt, who has been
Protestant Chaplain at the Pre-
Flight School here since June 1,
1942, was ordered to report to
Newport News, Va.
See ARENDT, page U
By Ens. W. 0. Shanahan, USNR
There is no more hazardous
operation in war than a landing
upon a shore that is stoutly de
fended. Not only is there a peril
ous situation for the invader when
his boats first touch the beach, but
he is continually hampered by in
secure communications. Since
modern battles often resolve them
selves into a race between rival
supply organizations, in this con
test, the defender with possession
of railways and motor highways,
has an imposing advantage.
On the ground the defense
profits from intrenched gun posi
tions and elaborately prepared
barricades and tank traps, while
defensive aircraft have the use of
numerous strategically-placed air
fields. How is it then, in view of
these tactical obstacles, that an
invading force can actually fight
its way into the heart of an
First, because the invader
chooses the time and the place of
attack. The defense must be
strong in every locality where an
attack may be anticipated.
On the island of Sicily the en
tire southeastern coast and por
tions of the eastern coast were ex
posed to attack from Africa. These
sides were not only vulnerable be
cause of their geographic orienta
tion, but the conditions of the
coast, the smoother beaches and
the absence of headlands or moun
tains adjacent to the shore, made
it likely that the invader would
land there. Yet the defenders had
to be ready virtually everywhere
in this zone.
Superiority in numbers and in
fire power could be achieved by
the invading force at any single
point of attack. Over a particular
bridge head the offensive air force,
aided by a bombardment from
naval guns, could win local fire
superiority and thus cover the
landing of assault barges. In-
See INVASION, page Ji.