From “Pacific War Diary” by James J. Fahey of the USS Montpelier
Friday, March 16, 1945 – We left Subic Bay, traveled to Mindoro and anchored. We may be ordered to troops on the southeast side of Mindanao. We had plane recognition every day as usual. We have movies of our planes and the enemy’s so we can tell the difference. Tonight many B-24 bombers returned after a raid on China. One of the planes came in on 3 motors.
The Press News reported that the Japanese lost approximately 4000 airplanes in the Philippine campaign. British Lancaster bomber loads were increased to carry 11-ton bombs for the first time yesterday. They are capable of destroying 5 city blocks each, being the largest bombs in the world.
James J. Fahey
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