December 23, 1944

10:15 a.m. eighteen B-24's with several P-38's came over and bombed Grace Park and kept on going toward Mariveles. The most beautiful and inspiring sight of my life. Felt like crying. Several women did cry. Later they came back and sprinkled (that's the word) Grace Park with small bombs. One large fire (oil) and several..

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November 14, 1944

Manilans are excited, morale has soared and there are bright smiles on the faces of everyone you meet on the streets. All day yesterday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for almost every hour, U.S. planes bombed and rebombed Jap installations in the City. There are fires all around: two in the direction of Murphy,..

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November 5, 1944

Airraid at 7:30 a.m. Could hear our planes before alarms went. Heavy bombing at Zablan, Nichols, and Neilson air fields. Several dog fights. I saw one plane come down in flames. It was spinning like a top, nose down. It was said that six others were shot down over toward the South. Saw one flight..

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November 5, 1944

This was a thrilling and exhausting day! Five air raids! During the first raid, we watched over two hundred of our bombers dropping their loads over North Bay. We watched hundreds of bombs falling in the vicinity of Marikina Valley, North Bay, Grace Park, Nichols and Zaballan [Zablan] Fields, and because of our convenient peephole,..

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October 29, 1944

Hallelujah! Our bombers came three different times today! Japanese guns barked frantically but ineffectively at our bombers. Seemingly unperturbed, our bombers taxied in and out of the puffs of smoke caused by the heavy aircraft guns. They dipped, dove, and dropped their bombs and they flew away. What a show! Most of the bombings were..

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October 29, 1944

Twenty minutes of eight -- heard planes-- spotted eight flying high. Thought they might be Japanese, but the anti-aircraft guns soon let loose and bombs began to fall near Nichols Field and the waterfront -- circled around several times and at nine a.m. was quiet (They were caught napping). At 9:25 a.m. 12 Japanese planes..

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October 24, 1944

Some twenty planes made a thunderous attack over Nichols, catching the guardians of the city unaware. They did not hit as accurately as on the first day. In San Pedro, Makati, bombs were dropped off-target. A boat in Manila Bay was bombed several times but it remained firmly afloat. A Japanese official attributed this poor..

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October 22, 1944

In a morning Nishi-Nishi thrown over the wall by a brave Filipino, the editorial stated that: “A Grave Mistake Had Been Made by Landing at Leyte Instead of Mindanao.” The cynics and doubters who had read the paper were now convinced that the Leyte landings had come to pass. We saw only seven of our..

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