Diary of John P. Burns

December 11, 1941 

All day at Cabanatuan, no news from C.F. Been so long without food that I could hardly eat. Rested and wrote three letters, not happy ones, I’m afraid. Have a ride to C.F. tomorrow.

Due to the heavy losses of P-40Es the first three days, USAFFE Headquarters this day ordered the pursuiters to “avoid direct combat,” wanting to limit their remaining 22 ships to reconnaissance missions only.