H. Beaber - In the Philippines - Monday, December 15, 1942-1945

No raids last night and we got a good rest. Small news dispatches coming from America admit that the damage to the fleet at Hawaii was quite heavy.

It is 8:30 A.M. and the sirens are blowing again, Cecil has gone to market. I can hear the bombers coming, so will go to the door to see if I can see them. Judging by the sound of the motors, they came quite close to Manila but a few clouds screened them from my sight. They swerved to the sea toward Corregidor and the sound of their motors died away.

The bombing on Saturday was a complete failure as far as military damage was concerned, but the paper said that 75 civilians were killed and perhaps 150 injured!

It has been drizzling rain and cool over the week-end. A bit out of season for so much rain. They say the poor visibility on Saturday was the cause of the poor marksmanship of the enemy.

During the night, we heard tanks rumbling down Herran St. and Mr. Misos told us that he saw eight large guns traveling at great speed on the highway as he came in to town yesterday on the train.

At noon today, 18 bombers came over. We watched them closely to see if they would pass directly over the house but we saw that they were going to miss us just a little. We heaved a sigh of relief. They dropped their bombs on Nichols Field again. That is it, I should say. They tried to hit the field but hit everything else instead. No military damage. Most of the people from that district have evacuated so there was little loss of life.

The raid on Sunday was aimed at the water-front but all the bombs fell into the water. Not a thing hit. What marksmanship!! We walked to Pasay to see the others. All is well. Leo and Ernest are making an air-raid shelter. We went to Dewey Blvd. to see the waterfront. Many guards, soldiers, machine-guns, nests, etc. Very tired when we reached home. No raids that night.