Diary of John P. Burns

December 28, 1941 

Sunday again. Moved again, now with 3rd Pursuit Sqd’n up in the mountains. Swell place. Lots of fresh water, clean at last. Wouldn’t mind staying here a long time.

Lt. Hank Thorne had moved his 3d Pursuit Squadron high up on the peak of Mount Mariveles, on the southern end of Bataan, 2 1/2 miles from the main road. Thorne and his men transformed the primitive site into a very comfortable camp, which they called Shangri-La because it was such a beautiful place. Many unassigned pilots from the 24th Group’s squadrons were staying there.