Diary of John P. Burns

January 4, 1942 

They did a lot of bombing today, but not much damage, quite a few clouds helped us Took it fairly easy today, have a sore back. Today was Sunday.

The nine Pilar pilots left for Mindanao as scheduled, but the Orani pilots under Dyess had received new orders canceling the Mindanao mission. They were to land at newly-operational Bataan Field instead, far to the south of Bataan and evidently considered out of harm’s way. The Pilar pilots had not received the new instructions in time.