President: Pam Ratliff
Vice-President: Pat Hubbard
Secretary: Rene Earle
Treasurer: June Williams
Directors: Marty Young, Earlene McClure, Jeff Page, Marvin Moore, Sarah McKinley, Wayne Lang and Past Presidents
Editor: June Williams email@example.com
The June meeting of the Kansas City Chapter hosted a very special guest. Mr. Harvey Bayless is currently Historian for the local Heart of America Chapter, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Mr. Bayless was drafted in the service in early 1943 and was transferred overseas in December of that year. He is one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, who served as Communications Maintenance Officer with the "Black" 332nd Fighter Group in the Italian Theater during World War II. During the Korean War he was recalled to active duty in the U.S. Air Force when he served as a Research & Development Officer at Griffiss AFB, New York and as a Staff Communications Officer with the Pacific Air Force, Hickam AFB, Hawaii. Mr. Bayless worked for 37 years as a civilian electronic engineer with the Air Force Communications Command and other Air Force organizations. In 1979 he was awarded the Civilian Meritorious Service Medal for his technical management skills in directing major engineering projects. He retired from the United States Air Force Reserves as a Major and was assigned to the Retired Reserves in 1984. Mr. Bayless spoke of the involvement of African-Americans in military service since the Revolutionary War when a contingent of Blacks served with George Washington. At the end of the Civil War, 12% of the Union Forces were African-American. During the Spanish-American War, there were Blacks fighting with Theodore Roosevelt at San Juan Hill and during World War I about 200,000 African-Americans served in Europe fort he American troops. Following a "government study" in 1924 when it was recommended Blacks not be used in positions of responsibility, the number of Blacks in the military declined. At the beginning of World War II there were only 5 Black officers, three being clergy. Finally, at the beginning of Franklin Roosevelt's third term, he allowed one fighter squadron of African-American's be formed. Eventually, the 332nd Fighter Group was formed ending with 4 Squadrons. The red-tail P-51s flown by the 332nd were respected by German Luftwaffe as well as American troops as they had the reputation for not losing a single bomber to enemy fire while providing fighter escort to bombing missions over Europe. Recognition began to come in. Medals were earned and awarded. The Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation came as a result of providing bomber escort service during the attack on Berlin in March of 1945. And, at last in 1948, President Harry Truman signed Executive Order 9981 officially integrating the Armed Forces. Mr. Bayless enjoys speaking to elementary and middle school students. He sees the country as a better place as years pass with endless opportunities, though, he says, it is still far from perfect.
Al St. Germain
Programs: Program Committee Chair: Herb Roberts
July 24, 2002 — Corky Nason - Air Craft Insurance
DINNER RESERVATION INFORMATION
July 24, 2002 - at DAV, 8787 Old Santa Fe Road. Reservations MUST BE MADE by SATURDAY, July 20, 2002,
if not on the permanent reservation list. Special dietary needs can be accommodated at the time of the reservation.
Please call: June Williams After Noon at 816-224-3241 or E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservations. Our
menu will be: Rost Beef, mash potatoes and gravy with mixed vegetable, Salad and dessert.
Put This On Your Calendar!
Flyout Committee Chair: Sarah McKinley
NOTE: When you see RSVP, Sarah MUST know to arrange transportation to the restaurant. Anybody desiring to
be on Sarah's e-mail list, please let her know.
Rainbow Village June 29th MAP Annual Picnic
Hello, fellow pilots:
Well the flyout to Minden, Ne. turned out wonderful this weekend. The weather was great and the museum has improved
since seven or eight years ago. The restaurant adjoining the Pioneer Village had great food! The motel rooms were
big and neat and had been redone. Mac and I separated and he went to the old aircraft, trucks and tractors and
I went to the displays of old kitchens, dining rooms and bedrooms. The most interesting to me this time was the
wagons. Gypsy, Watkins products, coal, kerosene, school, ice, medicine show, all products for the home, and meat
wagons. I could not believe all these wagons had delivered products to the home at one time. Now we have the delivery
trucks doing the job. It was fascinating to see. The only thing Mac and I missed was we were a flight of ONE, and
missed our fellow pilots.. The airport office was brand new. And we meet some great people. Mac got the airport
courtesy car going again with a new battery and assistance from the local car dealer (who was also on the airport
board) the airport manager had quite a month before. A REMINDER: We have a Mo. Pilot picnic Saturday, June 29th
at Rainbow Village. Fly-in or Drive-in, bring a covered dish and table service. The chapter is providing the drink
and meat. Don't forget your( Favorite Flying Story) true or not!!!! I know you pilots. Ha! Ha! Sarah
MO-KAN Wings Contest - Remember - Get ready for next year. All non-pilot members should attend a safety meeting and have a WINGS card signed. These are needed for our inter-state rivalry with the Kansas Pilots Association (KPA). The KPA is very serious about this contest and won the trophy (furnished by Ed Duckworth) last year. All non-pilot members should send their signed wings card to Penrod Turk
The State Wings Contest runs from April 1st thru March 31st each year. Let's make the WINGS
year WINGS Safe. All it takes is one hour of air work, one hour of takeoffs and landings, one hour of instrument
and a safety meeting. It is the responsibility of each chapter WINGS Chair to keep track of all their WINGS participants.
So — please — keep Chapter Wings Officer, Penrod Turk, informed upon the completion of any phase.
(4 West 112th Street, Kansas City, MO 64114-5304)
MISSOURI 2002-2003 Airport Directory & Travel Guide.
MPA Board Meetings - This is a reminder that any member can attend our chapter board meetings . They are held on the first Tuesday of the month, excluding holidays, at Executive Beechcraft, Downtown Airport, at 7:00 P.M. We always welcome your advice and assistance, and the hospitality is great.
MPA State Board Meetings - Anyone can attend the State board meeting. Check the M.P.A. NEWS for meeting date and location. Make this your additional flyout.
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