21 Oct. 1944

Jap dive bombers hit landing beach at dawn. One Betty shot down. HMS [HMAS] Australia hit by bomb on bridge at 7 AM killing 1 Lt, seriously wounding the Commodore, Captain, navigating officer and 4 other men. Exec officer had control in emergency steering. Task Force we passed a few days ago also made a..

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20 Oct. 1944

APD’s joined us yesterday afternoon. Passed entrance of Leyte Gulf at outer islands shortly after midnight. 71 miles to Tacleban [Tacloban]. 6 BB’s and cruisers going to bombard. DD Ross has hit a mine and has a can tied to each side to keep her upright and afloat. 3 men killed. Jap Betty dropped out..

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