Tues. Oct. 2, 1945

Lv Antipolo 4:45 PM, proceeded to Nichols Field, Manila, boarded a C-46, flew to Clark Field. 0

February 9, 1945

I got up very early this morning after several sorties during the night to see what was doing. We all had a little sleep. Even our wounded Felie feels much better. I made us some early coffee, aided her to get dressed, and the morning started off well. A dozen planes went switching back and forth across the sky but …

February 8, 1945

It sounds like the real McCoy now. We’ve fed the children in the air-raid shelter, got Felie fixed for the night. She has suffered terribly from her wound. The rest of us are waiting. Janson is pretending to read, his wife is trying to keep the children quiet in the shelter, and I am typing in my room in the …

February 6, 1945

We were up all night—we never all go to bed all at once, anyhow. The children were in the air-raid shelter but its walls are of dirt and that dirt is beginning to sift loose. The big guns are barking constantly. There must be a terrific battle going on across the river. It is maddening not to know what is …

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 small ones. Four P-38’s straffed …

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, three in the area around …

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 of our planes, 32 in …

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, we missed very little of …

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 concentrated in Manila Bay and …