Diary of John P. Burns

March 4, 1942 

USAFFE reports that we sank 32,000 tons of shipping on the 2nd, good toll for one plane we lost, even if USAFFE doesn’t admit it. Estimate 50 million dollars damage done.

MacArthur’s communique reported that the pilots had destroyed three vessels of 12,000, 10,000, and 8,000 tons, plus two motor launches, and did not mention any P-40 losses. Japanese records, however, indicated only a 385-ton converted sub-chaser as sunk. Burns was evidently not informed that in addition to his ship, three of the P-40Es were wrecked, two on landing at Mariveles and the third shot down, the pilot (Lt. Crellin) killed. Only Dyess’ “Kibosh” was now operational.