Diary of John P. Burns

December 25, 1941 

Rode all night and to noon. No food until night. Can’t find Sqdn. Slept on ground, dirty, etc. Merry Xmas! They bombed hell out of Manila or vicinity.

Ed Dyess, the four 21st Pursuit pilots with him, and the squadron’s enlisted men were just northeast of the entrance to Bataan peninsula, eating Christmas dinner at a hacienda about ten miles from Lubao field with pilots of the 20th Pursuit Squadron who had been at Clark Field and had been ordered to fly out all aircraft in commission to the secret Lubao Field the day before. They couldn’t find it but after spending the night at Del Carmen Field finally located it Christmas morning. Burns and other 21st Pursuiters assigned to Manila tasks evidently missed the squadron’s camouflaged field when entering Bataan.