Diary of John P. Burns

December 12, 1941 

Arrived C.F. in time for raid–9 planes went directly overhead at about 2000′. Awful to hear bombs getting closer and nothing but a hole for protection. No pursuit in the air, are saving them until we have more.

At about 10:30 this morning, 18 Japanese Betty bombers in two sections descended below the heavy overcast obscuring Clark Field and dropped their loads from about 900 feet only. Many of the bombs failed to go off and were detonated later in the day by demolition crews. It had been a terrifying experience for those on the field.