November 8, 1944

On November 6, 32 planes circled Iloilo three times, and yesterday 21 planes flew overhead. Today 14 planes visited us and circled four times over the city, and then flew off in the direction of Negros. A short while afterwards, we could hear the bombing. Negros is being bombed daily, as the Japanese there are resisting. Over here there is no resistance. We have no anti- aircraft guns on Panay, so the planes can fly without any interference. There are no Japanese planes on either airfield.

On November 6 many of the soldiers at the schoolhouse across the street were sent to Negros, but there are still many left in Iloilo. The nights have been quiet since the Japanese received reinforcements and are patrolling.

The food problem is becoming worse. There wasn’t anything in the market today and we do not dare open our canned goods, as we must keep them for the landing. Roland, Millard and John went to the rice field behind our house and were able to catch enough fish for our lunch.

The rice paddies are always filled with water and so are the ditches. There is a type of fish (pantat) which thrives in these waters.

Today is the first day that I have relaxed since Dolly and Junior have taken ill. They are both improving – Dolly can take a little more food, and Junior was able to retain his orange juice today.

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