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October 26, 1944

Another smuggled Nishi-Nishi reported: “A large American convoy had been sighted northeast of the Philippines. At Leyte, the Japanese had retired to the hills to await an opportune moment to crush the Americans.”

The air was charged with excitement and joyful anticipation as we read the above lines. We expected heavy bombings tomorrow because, childishly, we felt certain that our planes would return on Japanese Navy Day.