Mon. Jan. 26/42

As we have to stay home most of the time, and as we have no letters to write, we are studying the Bible together in the mornings. Taking the book of Mark chapter by chapter, and some times spend an hour and a half that way. Very nice and refreshing to sit quietly and listen to Willie talk to us. Helps us to forget our surroundings for the time, and we younger ones are learning much. Well! Well! Well! What do you suppose happened tonight? About nine p.m., I was sitting here at the table playing my piano accordion to pass the time and to amuse the others (if you could call it amusement). All at once a terrific explosion rent the air. It literally made the house shake and the air quivered. The folks upstairs made a dash for the outside and the air raid shelter, as all thought immediately it was a bomb, and it was a bomb – a large one.

And what confusion it started in this place. Some had heard the plane before the bomb exploded, but thought nothing of it. I had not heard the plane, as I was playing the instrument. But in a few seconds we could hear the daring aviator gunning his motor for the getaway. Machine guns started stuttering, and the deep booumpnooump!! of the anti-aircraft batteries told us that one of the American planes had sneaked in and
dropped a huge bomb somewhere near us. And what a wealth of rumors it made. Some of the natives had the American air force arriving in a few minutes. But someone told us it was MacArthur’s birthday, and this was just a greeting card from him! We finally got to bed, but I happened to be awake about eleven thirty and heard the drone of a plane coming in from the bay. It was either two fighters or else a two-motored bomber. I could hear the overtones from the two motors. The noise got louder. Folks ran out and saw flares dropped. Again the guns started barking, large and small, and then the bombs dropped, several this time, and then the getaway. But they did not leave. They circled and more bombs were dropped. They seemed to be in several different directions
from us, but we have not found out yet (definitely) just where the damage was done. Heard the next day that more were dropped about four in the morning in the northern part of the city. We were all sleepy the next day. I wonder why!

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