D-Day for Luzon. Lingayen Gulf. Again bad weather. First strike at 0700. 13 planes. We hit an airfield on Formosa. AA heaviest I have seen so far. 2 planes damaged. All returned safe. Heading for French Indo-China tonight. Big raids coming up.
14 planes took off at approx 0700. Bombed Appari [Aparri] airfield. Second strike launched at 1300. Bombed Clark Field area. Set several big fires.
Strike Luzon Northern end. Bad weather again. Cold and rainy. First strike took off at 1045. Hit shipping. Set 10 ships afire.
Lingayen Air Strip. New planes—TBM3s.
Santa Cruz and San Fernando. We sank 1 DD or DE, damaged others. All 7 ships in this convoy were sunk by our Task Group. Our ship was hit by a Japanese suicide plane. Did not halt operations.
Sank 2 DDs or CLs [light cruisers], 3 freighters, and damaged several others. Heavy AA.
Manila Bay. Hit enemy shipping. Sank several. At least 40 or more ships were sunk by our whole Task Force. Heavy AA.
Hit convoy in Ormoc Bay. We sank 2 DDs, 2 Aks, 1 AO [oiler]. Several others damaged.