Feb. 9, 1942

Big aerial dog fight over hospital today. 6 P-40’s returning from photographic mission met by several Japanese planes. We are supposed to have downed 6 of their ships & lost one of ours which crashed into Mt Mariveles. In retaliation they spent the afternoon bombing the airfield about half a mile from hospital & thus kept us in fox holes all the time. The tunnel rats on Corregidor come in for a lot of razzing about their prison pallor etc. MacArthur has been off the Rock once since the war. He has made many promotion. Now 27 generals. Our Army has more Generals than airplanes. Most of them should be awarded the “distinguished Tunnel Service” cross.

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