April 12-13, 1942

Killed in takeoff in attempt to intercept Jap bombers.  John died quickly and bravely, the way if they have to, all pilots want to die. [This note was written in the diary, which ends here, by a fellow pilot.] 0

April 11, 1942 

Day quiet. At supper time 10 B-25s and 3 B-17Es came in. Going to do a bit of bombing then back and chance to move on south. I hope I get it. Was a wonderful sight to see them come in. At about 5:00 that afternoon, the personnel at the Del Monte Field were startled when three B-17s and 10 …

April 10, 1942 

Another lazy day. Not much news of Bataan. Terms being arranged. Cebu attacked. Quite a few of the pilots got out of Bataan. We wonder who. Lundee trying to get us on south from here. Dyess stayed on –naturally. Ozzie Lunde flew south in one of the P-35As on April 8th, another pilot in his baggage compartment. Hank Thorne—the CO …

April 9, 1942 

Rested all day. Reported in morning that things are very bad at Bataan. In evening reported that Bataan has fallen. Corr. Still holding though. Those poor guys there. I wonder how long it will be here. 0

April 8, 1942 

Today starts the 5th month of this mess and a new era for me. It is wonderful here. Hardly know a war is going on. Food much better as a whole than Bataan. 0

April 7, 1942 

Up early, left for Cebu before daylight. Spent day there in Civilization [sic], it doesn’t seem possible, good food, no bombers. I felt like a kid with a new toy. Left for Del Monte, arriving at dusk. Burns doesn’t indicate how he got down to Cebu and Del Monte, but he was probably a passenger in one of the Bamboo …

April 6, 1942 

Bombed Bataan Pen. all day, spent day running to holes. Don’t do much damage but it is very annoying. Bad on morale. 0

April 5, 1942 

Sunday. Easter. No rest from bombers all day. Evening a large thunderhead full of lightning up north put on quite a show. Really was something to watch. A bunch of new pilots came in in evening. 0

April 4, 1942 

Bombers around most of the day. Up most of the night, alert in case of attack and bring plane in and out. John Posten and Ray Gehrig brought the two P-35As in at Bataan Field from Mindanao at 7:15 a.m., the two ships loaded with candy, cigarettes, quinine, cigars, brandy, and mail.  0