Diary of John P. Burns

December 13, 1941 

Light straffing attack on C.F. early, bombs an hour later. Left for Man. Arrived in time for raid, but it was on N.F. 54 ships. One bomb fell in city near us. They mostly missed N.F. but really cleaned out the barrio.

Joe Cole and other 21st Pursuiters arrived with Burns from Clark Field during the raid. The bombs were missing Nichols Field, falling one block west, where two 3d Pursuit pilots were hunkered down. One of them, 1st Lt. Bob Hanson, was hit and killed by bomb fragments. Many of the bombs fell on Barrio Baclaren adjacent to Nichols Field, resulting in carnage among the Filipino inhabitants.