April 10, 1942 

Another lazy day. Not much news of Bataan. Terms being arranged. Cebu attacked. Quite a few of the pilots got out of Bataan. We wonder who. Lundee trying to get us on south from here. Dyess stayed on –naturally. Ozzie Lunde flew south in one of the P-35As on April 8th, another pilot in his baggage compartment. Hank Thorne—the CO …

March 28, 1942 

Food fine today, didn’t do much, gaining back strength. Dyess told me I was going south with Brad. before dawn. Engine trouble so didn’t get off, will leave tomorrow night. Darn the engine. “Brad” was Capt. William “Jitter Bill” Bradford, the 47-year old engineering officer of Bataan Field and Bamboo Fleet pilot. Dyess had ordered Burns, Rowe, and a third …

March 2, 1942 

Busy day. Radio control at Cabcabin, then about dark flew with Capt. Dyess. Straffed Grande Isl. Straffed tanker, Dyess blew it up. Wrecked plane landing at C.C. , lot of damage. General George had received a report on the buildup of Japanese supply ships in Subic Bay, which suggested the Japanese would be trying a renewed landing on the west …

January 28, 1942 

Scouts in, a good looking bunch of men. Beat the brush and went back to our old camp. Clean clothes, bath, etc. sure good. Dyess made Capt. today. I’m sweating out silver bars. This morning, the 21st Pursuits men were ordered back to their camp area, along with men of the Philippine Constabulary and Company A of the 803rd Aviation …

December 2, 1941 

Looks worse every day. Col. George called us together and told us would be only a matter of a couple days. Have oxygen masks in planes, headsets, etc. already to go. Dyess has me weaving at hot spot at present. Other sources suggested that the meeting of the pilots of the 17th and 21st Pursuit Squadrons with Colonel George occurred …

November 28, 1941 

Formation with Dyess today–6 ships in a loop–rough but fun, best work out in a long time. Started getting P-40Es today, probably fly them tomorrow. In Doomed, I had indicated that the 21st began receiving its P-40Es on December 4th, when 10 were reported delivered. Burns’ diary provides first-hand information that the turn-over was six days earlier.  0