October 19, 1944

At 7:30 a.m. our planes came over and caught them off guard. Anti-aircraft guns started shooting and bombs fell before the alarm sounded. About 40 minutes later we saw a large number of our planes come out of the clouds to the east –looked like flocks of birds– there was anywhere from 60 to 100 light bombers and some fighters. We saw them fly into a blanket of bursting anti-aircraft shells without breaking their formation and then split up and go into a dive for their objective. Heavy bombs were used some fires were started. No dog fights this time. All quiet until 10:05 a.m. when another wave of planes came over from the east. They moved up very pretty on the clear blue sky. Some anti-aircraft fire but no dog fights. Bombing around waterfront and bay.

Another wave of planes came over at 1:30 p.m. Very heavy bombing –one continuous roar. Awe-inspiring is the word. Then all quiet and the all clear was sounded at 5:45 p.m.


October 18, 1944

Air raid alarm at 8:44 a.m. However, our planes didn’t come over until about 9:45 a.m. Heavy bombing — several dog fights. One plane fell in flames over Tondo way. Also one parachutist. Another plane caught fire and went down near mountains in direction of Novaliches.

Another wave of planes came over at about noon. More dog fights with two Jap bombers and one fighter downed — could be seen from our room.

All quiet until about 4:00 p.m. when another wave of our planes came from over the bay in rain. Plenty of anti-aircraft fire. Our planes could be seen diving through bursting shells. They were evidently after ships in the bay.

All clear sounded at 5:20 p.m. Back to air alert.


September 25, 1944

Several planes around. Evidently Japanese. One group of 12, one of 7, dive for their objective. Heavy bombs were used — some fires were started. No dog fights this time. All quiet until 10:05 am when another wave of planes came over from the east. They showed up very pretty on the clear blue sky. Some anti-aircraft fire but no dog fights. Bombing around the waterfront and Bay.