H. Beaber - In the Philippines - Wednesday, December 10, 1942-1945

We decided to go to Pinagkaisahan and Gualupe to see the friends and to try and encourage them, as we knew that most of the men would be gone, being soldiers. So, we got on the street-car which was jammed with people. Found everyone in fair spirits but leaving their homes each night to sleep in the woods back of the villages. These villages are close to Port McKinley and therefore dangerous in time of a raid on the Port.

We returned to town about noon-time and went into a little café to eat a little before walking home. With the exception of the street-cars, the transportation is very poor. A real raid started while we were still in the café. About 66 large Japanese bombers came over but did not drop any bombs on the city. They headed for Nichol Field, close to Pasay and for Cavite Navy Yard. They remained high, out of range of the anti-aircraft fire. And as soon as our fighters went up to engage them some Jap fighters came in from the sea and so occupied them that the bombers were able to drop their bombs almost at will. The bombers were of the four-motored type - probably came from Pormoss.

For nearly an hour, they circled around and could hear the dull thud-thud of the bombs doing their terrific damage. The earth trembled, women cried, and people ran excitedly about trying to see dog-fights in the air. But we were in a part of the city where we could not see much. The bombing of Nichols Field was close to were Willie and the other two were living and they saw some action.

But when the enemy left, he left some planes shot down-behind. We learned later that the shops at Nichols Field were ruined and burned from the movement of trucks it looked as though they were moving all motors and parts to other fields. The shops at Cavite were wrecked, too. Some stray bombs fell in Pasay, on the south side of Libertad. A number of houses were wrecked and some people were killed and wounded.