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January 15, 1942 

Another easy day, a little fatigue and that is about all. Few bombers today. Wish we would get planes and get going.

Unknown to Burns, the day before, at the request of II Corps complaining about unhampered operations of Japanese aircraft over its troops at the Main Line of Resistance that was damaging morale, MacArthur had authorized pilots flying recon missions to shoot down Japanese observation planes they encountered. On the 15th, five of the pursuiters at Bataan Field attacked Japanese planes over the Abucay area, to the cheers of the soldiers below. But Col. George only had five P-40Es and two P-40Bs at his disposal for such operations.