Diary of John P. Burns

March 18, 1942 

Spent day working on officers mess. MacArthur and George now in Australia. MacA. in high command of all United Nations forces. Maybe he and Gen. Geo. will do us some good here.

Gen. George’s departure on March 11th as a member of MacArthur’s evacuation party dispirited his pilots, who realized that he was very reluctantly leaving them. He promised them he would get planes up to Bataan for them no matter what. Lt. Col. Orrin Grover, previously CO of the 24th Pursuit Group, took over from George as commander of the Flying Detachment.