Colin Kerr

Colin Kerr

(1912 — 1982), Australian journalist. Assigned for two months in Leyte with the PWB (US Psychological Warfare Branch).

5 November 1944

Today we reached the Philippines. We disembarked in Leyte harbour, and this is how it was done. In the well deck of Casa Grande were

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6 November 1944

A troubled night. Alerts sounded every hour or two, and at each one the chaps in my tent began to debate whether it was worthwhile

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7 November 1944

Alerts throughout the night, but no bombs dropped. Watkins has an amazing collection of souvenirs to send home. Among them is a pink merry-go-round about

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8 November 1944

A beastly day—driving rain and a 40 m.p.h. wind which laid our tent flat. We got soaking wet salvaging our belongings. Tonight we’ll have to

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10 November 1944

We’ ve had a few busy days getting ourselves installed. I’ve had a good look at our home, the Catholic Institute. It is situated in

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11 November 1944

Went to H.Q. again today. We are still on the offensive. Raids last night were frequent but distant. We hear the 155’s firing. They are

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12 November 1944

Very little sleep last night. There was heavy firing from the heavy, medium & light AA all around us until 9 p.m. Then there were

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13 November 1944

A black day. We are to be thrown out of our building—ourselves and our 37 tons of equipment—to make room for 200 nurses. We don’t

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14 November 1944

Another quiet night, but Japs started flying in out of the sun while we were at breakfast. The AA gave them all they had, &

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21 November 1944

Nothing of great interest has happened. We have sunshine & rain, alerts and all-clears, noisy nights & quiet ones. Three days ago, I think it

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23 November 1944

Thanksgiving Day. Turkey for dinner at GHQ. Two air raids and an earth-tremor during the night. A bomb fell on the EM’s mess hall at

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24 November 1944

A great hullabaloo during breakfast. Six Jap planes—bombers and fighters—hell-roaring over the harbour and town. Flak everywhere. A 50-callibre bullet hit the earth near my

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26 November, 1944

Learned that last night they dropped bombs on base K area, not far from us. A few men were killed outright & four men sheltering

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27 November 1944

Yet another night of alerts, but they didn’t come directly over us. The moon is nearing the full and the nights are clear. The Air

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28 November 1944

Last night we were told that a battalion of Jap paratroops had landed in the Dulag area that afternoon, & that further landings were expected.

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3 December 1944

Jap air activity has slackened off considerably. This is no doubt due partly to bad weather & partly to the fact that their airfields in

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