October 24, 1944

There are bombers flying. Nope, they're pursuit planes, plenty of them, about fifty. They're up too early, I think. Ben's looking at them and he says they're Japs. Yes, I think he is right. I can hear that familiar metallic roar. Tia Mameng is nervous. She says there's an air-raid signal. "I heard the siren",..

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October 23, 1944

It's five days since I've last written because I've been too excited. So many happy things have taken place which you've probably heard. They've been very unexpected but certainly most welcome. Well, first there's the landing in Leyte. The consensus was that they would land in Mindanao or perhaps Luzon so Leyte was quite a..

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October 18, 1944

I don't know what history books will write about this day. Maybe they'll put it down as the beginning of the offensive for the reconquest of the Philippines. Or probably they'll note it as just the 7th day of the naval attack on Taiwan with diversionary raids on the Philippines. To me it's the day..

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October 17, 1944

Still no bombs, I'm sore. We were having breakfast when the "air-raid" alarm sounded. You can't hear it very well out here in Santa Mesa but the servants in the kitchen said the sentries have placed the red flag and that means there's an air-raid. I opened the radio to verify and it was blacked..

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October 16, 1944

A very rainy day. The shelter's full of water and no bombs. Several Japanese planes were flying but none of ours. A lot of people are disappointed. They expected them again today. The Japanese have spread their ammunition dumps all over the city. In front of Hicky's and Gabaldon's and the street leading to the..

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October 15, 1944

Hooray, there were here again... this morning. They came at about 10 o'clock, after Mass. Of course, you know who I mean by "they". Japanese planes went up this time. People said there were many dogfights around Caloocan. Several civilians were killed. I saw a heartbreaking sight. An American aviator bailed out. First, he looked..

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October 14, 1944

Today's the first anniversary of the Philippine Republic, heh, heh. Puppet Laurel declared: "The first-year of the Republic has been a success". He forgot to say that during this republic's first year, the people have had less and less food. The BIBA has distributed rice only three or four times. There has been no peace..

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October 13, 1944

Manila Tribune headlined U.S. raid on Taiwan. They claim that a hundred U.S. planes were shot down. I wonder how much damage was done. Question is now being raised as to whether the U.S. will attack Formosa before the P.I.? Or is the Formosa raid just a diversionary attack? Or will they head for the..

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