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November 22, 1944

This morning when I looked out all I could see was water and the houses looked like boats on a lake!

The water began to recede slowly around 8:00 a.m. The weather cleared up and the sun shone through the clouds, and we were all very thankful to see the blue sky again.

Around 11:00 a.m. we heard a heavy drone, and on looking out we saw 29 American planes flying in formation. I was frightened for fear we would get a raid, and with all this mess people can’t get into their shelters. Fortunately, they passed over and went on to Negros. Soon after we could hear the bombing, and it sounded terrible as big bombs are being used. One Japanese said, “You can get away from the bombs, but the noise and concussion is so terrifying that it would drive you mad.”

At 12:00 noon we heard another drone, but this time there was only one plane flying very low. We were surprised to see how low it was flying. I noticed the Japanese sentry on the roof across the street left his post and went to the shelter. The plane flew over the flooded area, and I was thrilled when I saw the star at the tail end!

By 5:00 p.m. the water had receded considerably and by 6:30 it was gone, so we all slept downstairs with the exception of Dolly and the maid. They placed their mattresses on the floor and barricaded themselves with pillows and cushions.