Diary of Louise Fillmore Blancaflor

September 15, 1944

Yesterday the sirens began blowing at 2:30, and shortly after we sighted six planes flying very high. We immediately went to our shelter downstairs. We had no more than reached the shelter when we heard machineguns open fire! The planes began to dive toward the airport (about 11⁄2 km from us) and dropped their bombs! Some gasoline deposits and a Japanese plane were hit. Other military installations and objectives were also hit, but the Japanese garrison across the street from us was not. We were all terribly frightened, and I decided right there and then to move to the San Jose College (formerly an all-girls Catholic school) as soon as possible!