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 close to the breaking point. The junior officers on board were assigned three to a cabin, while the senior officers had a stateroom to themselves. Second Lt. Robert D. Clark..

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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 fattening us for the kill? The Coolidge was a luxury liner on its first run as an Army transport and was still fitted out with two swimming pools, a gym,..

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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 Golden Gate bridge at last; by boat, damn. Along with Burns, 12 other pilots of the 21st Pursuit Squadron (under command of 1st Lt. Ed Dyess) and 15 pilots 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, plenty tired. Won't be long until I'm in good condition. Vigia Point was on the southwest coast of Bataan, west of Mariveles.

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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 men in "C" Flight and engineering. With the abandonment of Pilar and Orani fields, all flying operations of Col. George's tiny unit--comprised of 9 P-40s, two P-35As, and one A-27--were..

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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 be long until we get in a few licks. Dyess was at Pilar Field, half way down the east coast of Bataan, for a meeting with pursuit pilots based at..

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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 at home are in a storm, worrying about us. Another group of four senior Pursuit pilots, these at Lubao, including 40-G Ben Irvin of the 21st Pursuit, joined Buzz Wagner--CO..

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