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William A. Fairfield

William A. Fairfield

(? — October 1975), Engineering officer for the 19th Bombardment Group, Clark Field, Pampanga. Evacuated to Australia on the SS Mactan, 1942.

December 7, 1941

Sunday, December 7th, a few of us go up to the polo field at Stotsenberg where General Wainwright is going to be a spectator at

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December 14-24, 1942

The Sunday following the first day’s bombing, we were picked up off our beds, loaded on board ambulances, and taken down to the Ft. Stots

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December 25-31, 1941

On Christmas day, in the morning, they were in the act of playing their usual assortment, and one particular record by Bing Crosby, Adeste Fidelis,

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January 1, 1942

Not too many Happy New Year’s today — We’re a pretty low and sick bunch. We are in Japanese controlled waters, and although we got

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January 2nd, 1942

Still sailing South – still in Japanese waters headed for Australia – should make it in about a week or ten days, they say. I

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January 3rd, 1942

The boys dropped in to tell me that we’re going through a flock of small islands. Still expect a visit from the Japanese via a

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January 4th, 1942

Sunday! Father Shanhan is holding mass in the main saloon – that’s also the operating room. They have a table set up there. It’s right

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January 5th, 1942

Boy, it’s hot! Lt. Byers (he’s from the New Mexico Anti-Aircraft outfit) just came in, also Doc Angell and Lt. Heuget of the 20th Group.

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January 6th, 1942

My leg is really “going to town.” So is Passanante’s. So between the two of us, we are getting some attention. He is really in

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January 8th, 1942

We’re still tied to the dock. Mr Williams, the Red Cross man, says he’s trying to get a call through to Darwin in Australia, to

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