December 20, 1944

Last night we could hear bombing in the distance. This morning we saw several planes fly over the Santa Barbara air field. Around noon, a heavy drone was heard and we saw three formations of 4-motor and 8-motor planes. They flew towards Santa Barbara. We watched from the back porch and a few minutes later we heard bombing. Black smoke rose up into the sky. On their way back, they passed over us again. We thought sure the air field near our house would be bombed, but they just flew over like they were on parade. In the afternoon we heard shooting in the direction of the Jaro plaza. We eat our supper early now (between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.) as the “fireworks” usually begin around 6:00 p.m.