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.

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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January 10th, 1942

Thought we would go today, but no soap. Byers can speak Dutch and he’s really giving the Dutch a good time and he’s King now.

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January 11th, 1942

Shoved off at last. A Dutch cruiser takes us through the mine fields. The boys say it’s pretty around here. I hold my mirror up

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January 12th, 1942

Hager was in today. He’s shot through the hip and thigh; also Hylton and Hinson. It is a League of Nations on this boat. Hagen

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January 13th, 1942

Boy, it’s hot, and no water – not even for a sponge bath – and I’m beginning to smell like Hell and the cast is

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January 14th, 1942

Left Darwin and going to try for another port in Australia. Not too much enthusiasm on boat now, although we’re doing the best we can

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January 15th, 1942

Whistle blowing like Hell and alarm bells ringing. Someone just threw two life preservers at me, saying the ship is on fire – we’re about

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January 16th, 1942

Terrible weather! Lying naked except for cast. There are twenty-eight boards on each of the three walls of the cabin. I haven’t counted the nails

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January 17th, 1942

We are crossing the Northern tip of Australia. They say the water is a little rough. Most of the Filipinos that are nurses, etc. are

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January 18th, 1942

They tell me that we’re stopping at Thursday Island to pick up a couple of pilots to take us through the Great Barrier Reef. Our

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January 20th, 1942

Townsville is a small town, they say, and hard to dock in, but we have to get supplies and clean linen. Lt. Colonel Maitland, whom

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January 21st, 1942

Taking on supplies and medicine, also clean linen. We can get a sponge bath now, and good, fresh water which will keep. Hope the food

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January 22nd, 1942

Getting cooler now, thank Heaven! Food still terrible to me, although there’s lots of the others eating it. This kid Stevens, our orderly, would eat

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January 23rd, 1942

The sea is a little rough today. Most of the Filipinos are in their bunks. I thought they were better sailors than that. The trip

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January 24th, 1942

Arrived at Brisbane, Queensland, and we got some ice cream and milk. I drank two imperial pints. I don’t think anything ever tasted as good.

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January 25th, 1942

Shoved off from Brisbane. Glad to get going. We hear there’s quite a flock of U.S. soldiers here. Must have been the ones that were

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January 26th, 1942

Food improved, it’easier to shave; and I don’t seem to tire as easily. We should be in Sydney, they say, at 0600 tomorrow. We really

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