Diary of John P. Burns

January 19, 1942 

Start of 7th week of hate. Saw four 40s in the air today. Sure looked good. If they would only bring one in for me to fly

The four P-40s that Burns saw had taken off from Bataan Field that morning to cover the landing of four P-40s returning to the field from Mindanao. Over the front lines, they spotted eight Japanese below them, Army Ki-27 “Nate” fighters. Engaging them in combat, they believed they shot down two, but one of their number Marshall Anderson–was downed and bailing out had been shot and killed in his chute. This atrocity enraged the Bataan Field pilots.