John P. Burns

John P. Burns

(September 22, 1917 — April 13, 1942). Lieutenant, serving in the 21st Pursuit Squadron, USAFFE.

January 1, 1942 

Reported that a few Japs had been in Manila and left. Don’t know, though. Quiet day. Still with 3rd up in Mts. I’ll bet folks

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January 3, 1942 

Back with Sqd’n again, good feeling. Drove to Pilar, someone going to do some flying. Not much bombing today. Rumor has it that it won’t

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January 8, 1942 

Organized the 3d Plat. of the 21st A.C. Co. today. No bombers for two days now. Wonder what is up. Sure a swell bunch of

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January 9, 1942 

Third day no enemy planes, must be something in the air. Walked down to coast on Vigia Point. Nice country, walked a good 20 km,

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January 12, 1942 

Mapped about 5 klm of coast. Mighty rough, out from 10:15 to 2:30. Whole bunch dead tired. R.C.A. from Jean today, best news since the

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November 1, 1941

Left San Francisco at noon on the S.S. President Coolidge. An awful day to be starting to go someplace and not know where. Under the

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November 2, 1941

Water, water, everywhere and God how it does heave. Not sick, but I’ve felt better plenty of times. Boat O.D. today, Sunday, but you wouldn’t

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November 3, 1941

Finally caught up on my sleep. Now to read and catch up on my letter writing. The food is mighty fine. I wonder, are they

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November 4, 1941

Good thing Clark and Parcher are easy to get along with. I fear that before we get to Manila that lots of nerves will be

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November 5, 1941

Tomorrow we get to Honolulu. Thank God for that, never thought I’d get tired of having nothing to do, be unable to sleep, and that

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November 6, 1941

Woke up this morning and there was Oahu. Spent 9 hours on shore, some place. Clark and I decided it would be a swell place

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November 7, 1941

Blackout last night and from now on. Rather annoying to say the least. At this point I’d sure like to get inside an airplane and

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November 8, 1941

Today, approximately 3000 miles from San Francisco, about 5000 from Manila. We still wonder where PLUM is. Poker not bad today. Evidently the pilots had

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November 9, 1941

We crossed the international dateline today. Now I don’t know what day this is or tomorrow will be. Poker good today. Time to start writing

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November 11, 1941

Lost a day, maybe sometime I’ll make it up. Weather hot, feel sticky all the time. Hear we are going to Guam so the Pierce

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November 12, 1941

Wrote letters and drank scotch today, got a mighty fine buzz on. Getting hotter, must be getting close to the equator.

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November 13, 1941

Noon today–half way from Honolulu to Manila. Wrote four letters today. Scott had some trouble so the distance covered was pretty small, 337 miles. Makes

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November 15, 1941

Today we were supposed to reach Guam but won’t be there until tomorrow morning. Today starts the third week of this.

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November 16, 1941

Sunday again, you wouldn’t know it, no church services or nothing. Woke up outside Guam. Navy planes patrolling all the time. We lay off harbor.

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November 17, 1941

Moving at a pretty good clip again. Will be in Manila Thursday. Find out where PLUM is then. Sky cloudy, frequent rains, air sultry.

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November 18, 1941 

Only 750 miles to go–tomorrow we’ll be among the islands. Went to amature [sic] show, very good, one kid sang “Does your heart beat for

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November 19, 1941 

In San Bernardino Straits today–Islands on all sides. Good to see land again. Swell day but cloudy in spots. Everyone feeling fine.

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November 20, 1941 

Disembarked at about 9:00 a.m. Very hot on boat and not much cooler off, Seems like everyone has classmates here but me. Thanksgiving Day. The

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November 21, 1941 

Reported to Nichols Field this morning and N.F. is PLUM for the present. We are to be someplace in the P.I.’s. We are not happy

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November 24, 1941 

Squadron got a couple P-35s today to fly until 40’s ready. Tomorrow we fly, been over a month. Field looks awful small on ground. The

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November 25, 1941 

Flew a P-35A for first time today. Not a bad plane but could be much better. Will be glad when the P-40Es are fixed. Shouldn’t

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November 26, 1941 

Enough time for flight pay now. Tomorrow we start formation again. Things getting settled down fine. Must be about time for them to move us

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