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FROM 18 OCTOBER, 1944 UNTIL 1 MARCH, 1945

THE BATAAN TOOK ON DUTIES OF QUALIFYING PILOTS. THIS MAY SEEM LIKE THE LIFE -- SIX DAYS OUT, 3 DAYS IN, LIBERTY IN HONOLULU, USO SHOWS, MOVIES, -- WELL LET ME TELL YOU, IT STARTS TO WEAR. THE MONOTONY IS TOO GREAT, THE HOPE OF THE EVENTUAL RETURN WITH THE FLEET BECOMES STRONGER WITH EACH DAY. YES, WE KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF PILOT QUALIFICATIONS; SOMEONE MUST DO IT. BUT WE FEEL THAT HAVING COMPLETED 7,474 LANDINGS, BOTH DAY AND NIGHT, REFRESHER LANDINGS FOR 23 DIFFERENT AIR GROUPS, 14 MISHAPS, F6F'S, TBM'S, F4U'S, NAVY PILOTS, MARINE PILOTS -- WE DID IT ALL. IT'S ABOUT TIME FOR ANOTHER SHIP TO TAKE OUR PLACE!

28 FEBRUARY '45

AIR GROUP 47 REPORTS ABOARD.

1 MARCH '45

REFRESHER LANDINGS FOR AIR GROUP 47.

3 MARCH '45

DEPARTED PEARL HARBOR FOR ULITHI, ARRIVING 13 MARCH, 1945.

14 MARCH '45

BATAAN SORTIED FROM ULITHI AS PART OF THE FAMED TASK GROUP 58.2. WE HAD MADE IT. WE ARE NO LONGER THE "WAIKIKI RAIDERS". THE BATAAN IS HERE TO FIGHT A WAR! JUST LOOK AT WHAT WE ARE A PART OF:

TG 58.2

CARRIERS

FRANKLIN CV13

HANCOCK CV 19

SAN JACINTO CVL 30

BATAAN CVL 29

BATTLESHIPS

WASHINGTON BB56

NORTH CAROLINA BB55

CRUISERS

BALTIMORE CA 68

PITTSBURGH CA 72

SCREEN

OWEN DD 536, SULLIVANS DD 537, TINGEY DD 539, HUNT DD 674, MARSHALL DD 676, HALSEY POWELL DD 686, UHLMANN DD 687, WEDERBURN DD 684, STOCKHAM DD 683, MILLER DD 535, STEPHEN POTTER DD 538, HICKOX DD 673, LEWIS HADCOCK DD 675, CUSHING DD 797, COLAHAN DD 658, DENHAM DD 796, TWINING DD 540.

AND, THAT'S NOT ALL -- OPERATING WITH THE FIFTH FLEET -- ADMIRAL R. A. SPRUANCE, USN, COM FIFTH FLEET; ADMIRAL MITCHER, USN, COM TASK FORCE 58; ADMIRAL R. DAVISON, USN, COM TASK GROUP 58.2.

WE ARE A PART OF WHAT WOULD BE THE GREATEST STRIKING FORCE IN HISTORY!

14 - 17 MARCH '45

THE TASK GROUP CRUISED ON A NORTHWESTERLY COURSE AT 18 KNOTS. SCHEDULED EXERCISES WERE CONDUCTED. CRUISING FORMATION 5-R WAS GENERALLY IN USE DURING THE CRUISE TO THE FORWARD AREA, 125 MILES EAST OF THE SOUTHERN COAST OF KYUSHU. FORMATION 5-R WAS USED WHEN AIR ATTACKS WERE NOT IMMINENT. WHEN ENEMY PLANES WERE AIRBORNE IN THE VICINITY DURING DAYLIGHT, FORMATION 5-V(D) WAS USED, AND 5-V(N) WAS USED WHEN THERE WERE AIR ATTACKS DURING DARKNESS.

18 MARCH, 1945

SUNRISE 0617

SUNSET 1820; OFF THE COAST OF KYUSHU; FRESH NNW WINDS VEERED TO MODERATE NE AS HIGH PRESSURE TO THE NORTH MOVED EASTWARD. VISIBILITY 25 TO 30 MILES; MODERATE SEA.

0540

SWEEP 2B OF 11 VF LAUNCHED AGAINST MIYAKONOJO AIRFIELD.

0652

STRIKE 2C, 8 VF AND 9 VT LAUNCHED AGAINST KAGOSHIMA AIRFIELD.

0914

SWEEP 2B RECOVERED. RESULTS OF SWEEP -- 9 PARKED AIRCRAFT DESTROYED; 20 ROCKETS PUT INTO THE MAIN HANGER, AND 25 INTO THE POWER PLANT AT ABURATSU.

1000

SWEEP 2E OF 8 VF LAUNCHED AGAINST MIYAKONOJO AIRFIELD.

1052

STRIKE 2C RECOVERED, HAVING DAMAGED OR DESTROYED AS ASSEMBLY PLANT AND 5 HANGERS AT KAGOSHIMA; A BRIDGE, RAILWAY TRAIN, BARRACKS, AND LUGGERS WERE STRAFED. ONE TBM WAS LOST, PRESUMABLY TO ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIRE. ENSIGN J. A. MARVIN, USNR, AND E. H. HINTZ, AOM2C, USNR, MISSING IN ACTION WEST OF KAGOSHIMA AIRFIELD, KYUSHU. WHEN LAST SEEN AFTER THE ATTACK, THEIR TBM WAS IN A SHALLOW DIVE, ON FIRE, AND IS BELIEVED TO HAVE CRASHED INLAND.

1223

STRIKE 2F OF 8 VF, 1 VF(R) AND 8 VT LAUNCHED AGAINST IZUMI AIRFIELD.

1316

SWEEP 2E RECOVERED. RESULTS OF THE SWEEP INCLUDED 6 PARKED AIRCRAFT AT MIYAKONOJO - DAMAGED OR DESTROYED; ARMY POST BUILDING NEAR AIRFIELD AND POWER PLANT AT ABURATSU ROCKETED.

1418

SWEEP 2H OF 8 VF LAUNCHED AGAINST KAGOSHIMA AIRFIELD.

1624

STRIKE 2F RECOVERED. RESULTS OF THE STRIKE -- 8 TWIN ENGINE PLANES ON IZUMI AIRFIELD DESTROYED OR DAMAGED; ONE HANGER, 6 OR 7 SMALLER BUILDINGS IN THE SW CORNER OF THE AIRFIELD DESTROYED; RAILWAY BRIDGE, BARRACKS AND SAMPANS STRAFED. ONE TBM WAS LOST, THE CAUSE BEING UNKNOWN; ENSIGN D. C. LOOMIS, USNR, AND G. P. CAWLEY, AOM2C, USNR, MISSING IN ACTION.

1754

SWEEP 2H RECOVERED. THE KAGOSHIMA ASSEMBLY PLANT WAS AGAIN ROCKETED AND LEFT IN BURNING CONDITION; ONE TWIN ENGINE PLANE WAS BURNED, 7 TWIN ENGINE AND 8 SINGLE ENGINE PLANES DAMAGED BY STRAFING ON THE FIELD AT IZUMI.

NO ENEMY AIRCRAFT WERE ENGAGED BY THE BATAAN PLANES DURING THE ENTIRE DAYS OPERATION OVER KYUSHU.

RESCUE OPERATIONS WERE CONDUCTED FOR THE DOWNED AIRMEN, BUT WITH NO AVAIL. (ENSIGN EDWARD HINTZ AND CREWMAN JAMES MARVIN, DECLARED KIA. ENSIGN LOOMIS AND CREWMAN GLENN CAWLEY WERE ALSO BELIEVED KIA BY THE BATAAN ASSN., BUT, TO THE AMAZEMENT OF ALL AT THE ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI REUNION, GLENN CAWLEY ATTENDED. IT WAS THEN LEARNED THAT ENSIGN LOOMIS'S TBM CRASHED INTO THE WATER AND HE AND GLENN CAWLEY WERE PICKED UP BY THE JAPANESE. BOTH SPENT THE REMAINDER OF THE WAR IN JAPANESE PRISON CAMPS.)

THE JAPANESE HOMELAND HAS TAKEN A STEADY DIET OF OUR BOMBING; THIS SHOULD SOFTEN THE RESISTANCE OF THE JAPANESE AND THE EVENTUAL ENDING OF THE WAS. LITTLE DID WE EXPECT WHAT WAS TO HAPPEN!

19 MARCH '45

THE ENEMY HITS BACK WITH A VENGEANCE. THE BATAAN WAS STEAMING ON VARIOUS COURSES SOUTHEAST OF SHIKOKU ISLAND, JAPAN, THE SHIP WAS 65 MILES DISTANT AT ONE POINT. GENERAL QUARTERS WERE SOUNDED AT 0334. ABOUT 10 BOGIES WERE SEEN OFF OUR PORT BOW. THE ENEMY PLANES BROKE OFF INTO SMALLER GROUPS AS THEY WERE ENGAGED WITH OUR NIGHT FIGHTERS. BY 0400, THE BOGIES WERE DISPERSED AND CONDITION ONE EASY WAS SET. OUR TARGET TODAY WILL BE THE SHIPPING IN KOBE HARBOR. AT 0556, RAPCAP OF 4 VF WAS LAUNCHED AND 0650, STRIKE 2B OF 11 VF, 1 VF(P), AND 5 VT WERE LAUNCHED.

THEN IT HAPPENED!

0700

GENERAL QUARTERS WERE SOUNDED AS OUR OBSERVERS PICKED UP AN ENEMY PLANE AT 3000 YARDS TO OUR PORT SIDE. IT IS BELIEVED TO BE A JIL, BUT LATER IDENTIFIED AS A MYRT, DROPPED TWO BOMBS INTO THE FORWARD ELEVATOR OF THE USS FRANKLIN CV 13. (LT. MIKE MIKRONIS, BATAAN'S LSO OFFICER WAS JUST TRANSFERRED TO THE FRANKLIN.) A BURNING INFERNO OF FUEL WITH EXPLODING AMMUNITION WAS THE RESULT.

CDR. ARCH ATKINSON RECALLS THAT THE PLANES FROM OUR SHIP WERE ON THE FLIGHT DECK FUELED AND ARMED FOR THE STRIKE. HE CANNOT, TO THIS DAY, UNDERSTAND WHY THE PLANES OF THE FRANKLIN WERE ON THE HANGER DECKS ARMED WITH ROCKETS, "FRAG" BOMBS, AND FUELED, INCLUDING BELLY TANKS. CDR. ATKINSON BELIEVES THAT IF THE PLANES OF THE FRANKLIN HAD BEEN ON THE FLIGHT DECK, THE ENSUING HOLOCAUST WOULD NEVER HAVE OCCURRED. 832 WERE TO DIE AND 270 WOUNDED.

LT. (JG) LOCKE TRIGG -- VF 47, JUST LAUNCHED BY THE BATAAN FOR A STRIKE AGAINST KOBE, FLEW THROUGH OUR TASK FORCE'S FLACK AND FORTUNATELY WAS NOT HIT. LT. (JG) TRIGG CHASED THE JAP FOR 20 MILES AND SHOT IT DOWN. ALTHOUGH MANY REPORTS GIVE THE KILL TO THE COMMANDER OF THE FRANKLIN AIR GROUP, OBSERVERS ABOARD THE BATAAN VERIFY, WITHOUT RESERVATION, LT. TRIGG'S KILL.

THE FRANKLIN LOST ALL STEERING CONTROL AND CAME TO A HALT. THE LIST TO STARBOARD INCREASED TO ABOUT 13 DEGREES AND THE SHIP STARTED TO TURN IN THAT DIRECTION -- DIRECTLY AT THE BATAAN. CDR. ATKINSON RECALLS PUTTING THE BATAAN TO RIGHT RUDDER AND FLANKING SPEED TO KEEP THE FRANKLIN FROM RAMMING THE BATAAN. T

HE AIR STRIKE RETURNS FROM KOBE BEARING VERY GOOD NEWS. THE AIR GROUP REPORTS THAT A CV, A CVE, AND A SMALL MERCHANT VESSEL WERE BOMBED AND SET AFIRE. LATER IN THE DAY, OUR CAP SHOOTS DOWN ONE TOJO.

20 MARCH '45

THE BATAAN, WITH TASK GROUP 58.2, FURNISHES AIR COVER FOR THE FRANKLIN ON THE RETIREMENT SOUTH FROM KYUSHU.

THE FIRST OF THREE MORNING CAP'S OF 8, 4, AND 8 VF RESPECTIVELY, PLUS AN ASP OF 3 VT'S WAS LAUNCHED; ALL NEGATIVE.

EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON, WHEN THINGS SEEMED SERENE, AND CV'S WERE TOPPING OFF TIN CANS, CIC REPORTED A BOGEY AT 12 MILES. THE CONDITION WATCH WAS ALERTED, MOUNTS SHIFTED TO AUTOMATIC - GUNS POINTED SKYWARD AND AMMO BROKEN OUT. A JAP PLANE WAS SEEN DIVING IN ON THE USS HANCOCK. SKY CONTROL GAVE THE ORDER TO TRACK THE TARGET. THE MOUNTS SWUNG NERVOUSLY FOR A MOMENT AND THEN SETTLED DOWN AS THE DIRECTOR OPERATORS BEGAN TRACKING THE TARGET. AT 1456, THE WHOLE PORT BATTERY OPENED UP INSTANTLY AND EFFECTIVELY. THE BATAAN WAS CREDITED WITH EITHER A KILL, OR AN ASSIST IN SHOOTING DOWN A JILL THAT WAS MAKING A KAMAKAZE ATTACK ON THE HANCOCK. THE JILL CRASHED IN FLAMES ON THE STARBOARD SIDE OF THE HANCOCK AND HIT THE DESTROYER HALSEY POWELL THAT WAS REFUELING ALONGSIDE THAT SHIP. IT WAS THE NO. 1 KILL FOR OUR GUN CLUB.

OUR 4TH CAP OF 12 VF RETURNED AND REPORTED THAT 1 JUDY AND 1 MYRT WERE SHOT DOWN OVER THE TASK FORCE.

LIEUT. SAM HIBBARD, USNR, WAS RESCUED AT SEA SOUTH OF KYUSHU ISLAND. WHILE FLYING CAP, LIEUT. HIBBARD'S F6F WAS HIT BY MACHINE GUN FIRE FROM A JUDY HE LATER SHOT DOWN, AND THEREAFTER WAS HIT BY ANTI-AIRCRAFT FROM TASK FORCE 58. HE MADE A WATER LANDING ALONGSIDE THE DESTROYER NORMAN A. SCOTT OF THE SCREEN. HE GOT OUT OF HIS PLANE, INFLATED HIS RUBBER RAFT, AND WAS PICKED UP BY THE DESTROYER. HE WAS RETURNED TO THE BATAAN WITHOUT INJURY.

AT 1613, THE BATAAN'S ANTI-AIRCRAFT BATTERIES OPENED UP ON A BOGEY DIVING ON THE FORMATION. THE PLANE DROPPED A BOMB ON THE ENTERPRISE, MISSED AND RETIRED.

THEN, AT 1626, ANOTHER BOGEY WAS SIGHTED AS IT BOMBED THE ENTERPRISE. THE BOMB WAS A NEAR MISS; FIRE BROKE OUT ON THE FLIGHT DECK FORWARD OF THE ISLAND. ENEMY AIR ATTACKS ON THE TASK GROUP WERE TO OCCUR ALMOST CONTINUOUSLY. THEN, AT 1652, IT WAS THE BATAAN'S TURN TO BECOME A TARGET. A JUDY, CROSSING THE BATAAN'S BOW LOW IN THE WATER FROM STARBOARD TO PORT, WAS TAKEN UNDER FIRE AND HIT BY THE SHIP'S GUNS. THE JUDY DROPPED ITS BOMB 200 YARDS ON THE STARBOARD BEAM AND CRASHED IN FLAMES 1000 YARDS OFF THE PORT BOW.

DURING THE FIRING, THE SHIP TAKES IT'S FIRST COMBAT LOSSES. SHELLS, BELIEVED TO BE 5 INCH, FROM ANOTHER SHIP OR SHIPS IN THE GROUP, FIRES ON A LOW FLYING PLANE AND HITS THE BATAAN. ONE CREWMAN KILLED AND 11 WOUNDED.

THE KAMAKAZE ATTACKS CONTINUED. AT 1708, A JUDY STARTED ITS DIVE ON THE BATAAN. THE STARBOARD BATTERIES OPENED UP AND STARTED THE PLANE ON ITS FINAL DIVE; BUT NOT BEFORE THE JAP DROPPED ITS BOMB CLOSE ABOARD. THE PLANE SLASHED 300 YARDS ASTERN, THE BATAAN HAVING EITHER SHOT IT DOWN OR ASSISTED IN DOING SO. AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME, ANOTHER JAP DROPS OUT OF THE SKY AT THE BATAAN. FROM THE STARBOARD QUARTER, THE PLANE DROPS ITS BOMB SO CLOSE ABOARD, THAT THE EXPLOSION CAUSES A BULGE AT GUN MOUNT 11. THE PLANE WAS TAKEN UNDER FIRE BY THE BATAAN'S BATTERIES AND WAS SMOKING BADLY WHEN IT PASSED OUT OF RANGE, SUBSEQUENTLY BEING FINISHED OFF BY SHIPS OF THE SCREEN.

DURING CAP 6, CDR. WALTER ETHRIDGE, USN, COMMANDER OF AIR GROUP 47, WAS PURSUING A JUDY THROUGH INTENSE FLAK, AND WAS SHOT DOWN BY ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIRE FROM THE TASK FORCE. HIS PLANE WAS SET AFIRE, CRASHING ON THE PORT BOW OF THE DESTROYER CUSHING. THE DESTROYER MADE AN IMMEDIATE SEARCH OF THE AREA OF THE CRASH, BUT NOTHING BUT AN OIL SLICK REMAINED.

21 MARCH '45

THE BATAAN IS CONTINUING SOUTHWARD FROM KYUSHU WITH TASK GROUP 58.2. DURING THE DAY, 3 CAPS OF 12 VF, 8 VF, AND 12 VF WERE LAUNCHED.

DURING AN EMERGENCY LANDING OF AN F6F FROM THE FIRST LAUNCH, THE PLANE CAUGHT FIRE WHEN THE BELLY TANK DROPPED OFF AND BURST INTO FLAMES. THE PILOT WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED AND THE DAMAGED PLANE WAS JETTISONED.

A JAP PLANE MAKES A RUN ON THE USS SAN JACINTO TWO MILES OFF OUR STARBOARD BOW. THE FRANCES IS SHOT DOWN BY SHIPS OF THE TASK GROUP.

22 MARCH '45

THE BATAAN IS FUELED BY THE AO MILLICOMA. AT 1600, THE BATAAN LEAVES TASK GROUP 58.2, LANDS THE REPLACEMENT PLANES, AND REPORTS TO TASK GROUP 58.3. 23 MARCH '45 CRUISING IN THE VICINITY OF LAT. 52 DEGREES NORTH, LONG. 128 DEGREES EAST.

AT 0600, 12 VF WERE LAUNCHED AGAINST MINAMI DAITO JIMA. LT. CMDR. A. H. CLANCY, JR. LED THE ATTACK, BUT, BECAUSE OF THE THICK LOW OVERCAST, THE TARGET WAS UNABLE TO BE LOCATED. THE LANES DROPPED THEIR BOMBS ON A PHOSPHATE PLANT. THIS MISSION TOOK ON THE NAME OF "CLANCY'S DUMP".

SWEEPS OF 12 VF, 8 VF, AND 9 VT WERE LAUNCHED AGAINST MINAMI DAITO, BUT, THEY TOO WERE TO FIND LOW CEILING CONDITIONS AND HAD TO JETTISON THEIR BOMBS; RESULTS WERE UNOBSERVED.

24 MARCH '45

CRUISING IN THE OPERATING AREA SE OF OKINAWA. TWO SWEEPS OF 12 VF AND 6 VF WERE LAUNCHED AGAINST MINAMI DAITO. TWO STRIKES OF 8 VF AND 9 VT WERE LAUNCHED AGAINST MINAMI DAITO AIRFIELD WITH RESULTS OF 2 RUNWAYS CRATERED AND ADMINISTRATION BUILDINGS ROCKETED. ENSIGN J. W. MURPHY, USNR, MADE A WATER LANDING AFTER HIS TBM WAS HIT BY FLAK. ENSIGN MURPHY AND CREWMAN E. F. MUEGER, ARM3C, WERE RESCUED AT SEA 40 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MINAMI DAITO JIMA. THEIR RAFT WAS LOCATED BY OS2U'S FROM THE CRUISER WILKSBARRE. BOTH MEN WERE PICKED UP IN GOOD CONDITION; AFTER SPENDING 8 HOURS IN THE RAFT. BOTH WERE RETURNED TO THE BATAAN.

25 MARCH '45

FUELING IN THE VICINITY OF LAT. 22 DEGREES NORTH, LONG. 128 DEGREES EAST.

A CAP OF 12 VF WAS LAUNCHED WITH NEGATIVE RESULTS.

AMMUNITION WAS RECEIVED FROM THE AE MAUNA LOR, AND AVIATION GAS AND FUEL FROM THE AO TALLULAH.

26 MARCH '45

CRUISING IN THE OPERATION AREA SOUTHEAST OF OKINAWA.

STRIKES WERE CONDUCTED AGAINST THE ENEMY AT MINAMI DAITO AND SOUTHERN OKINAWA. HITS RECORDED WERE AIRFIELDS, BARRACKS, RADIO STATIONS, STORAGE DUMPS, PIERS, AND AMPHIBIOUS CRAFT. SUPPORT "G" DESTROYED ONE SINGLE ENGINE AIRCRAFT ON THE GROUND. ON THE FLIGHT BACK TO BASE, VT PLANES OF SUPPORT "G" BECAME LOST AS A RESULT OF YE SIGNALS SENT OUT BY ESCORT CARRIERS OF ANOTHER TASK GROUP ON A FREQUENCY DUPLICATING THAT OF TASK GROUP 53.8'S YE, OR VERY CLOSE TO IT. SIX VT'S LANDED AFTER DARK ON 3 ESCORT CARRIERS; THE SEVENTH, THE TBM OF ENSIGN KENNETH LORING, USNR, AND CREWMAN J. S. SNELSON, AOM2C, MADE A WATER LANDING DUE TO FAILURE OF THE WING TANK FEED SYSTEM. BOTH MEN, AFTER 45 MINUTES, WERE RESCUED FROM THEIR RUBBER RAFT OFF OF OKINAWA BY THE MINESWEEPER SPEAR, AND SUBSEQUENTLY RETURNED TO THE BATAAN IN GOOD CONDITION. THAT EVENING, A HEAVY SMOKE SCREEN WAS THROWN UP TO HIDE THE FORMATION FROM NIGHT RAIDERS.

27 MARCH '45

CRUISING IN THE OPERATING AREA SE OF OKINAWA. STRIKES WERE CONDUCTED THROUGHOUT THE DAY OVER MINAMI DAITO, OKINAWA, KADENA, AND KATSUREN. AT 2042 HOURS, THE BATAAN DEPARTED FOR THE FUELING AREA ON A COURSE OF 115 DEGREES.

28 MARCH '45

ENROUTE TO THE FUELING AREA, THE BATAAN LAUNCHES 8 VFS AND 7 VTS AGAINST MINAMI DAITO. AFTER THE SHIP IS FUELED BY THE AO PATUXENT, AND AMMUNITION FROM THE AK MERCURY, THE BATAAN SETS COURSE IN SEARCH OF THE ENEMY FLEET REPORTED TO BE MOVING UP THE WEST COAST OF KYUSHU. 29 MARCH '45 CRUISING IN THE VICINITY ABOUT 100 MILES FROM THE SOUTHERN TIP OF KYUSHU.

0517

STRIKE OF 12 VF AND 9 VT LAUNCHED WITH ORDERS TO STRIKE THE ENEMY FLEET REPORTED ON THE PREVIOUS DAY. IF THE ENEMY WAS NOT FOUND, THE STRIKE IS TO ATTACK KANOYA AIRFIELD ON KYUSHU.

0758

IT WAS REPORTED THAT TWO CABOT PILOTS WERE DOWN IN THE WATER ABOUT 60 MILES FROM THE FORMATION. THE BATAAN LAUNCHES 4 VFS AS COVER FOR TWO CRUISER 0S2U'S AS THE CABOT'S PILOTS ARE RESCUED.

0948

BATAAN AGAIN LAUNCHES 4 VFS TO COVER OS2U RESCUES. PILOTS PICKED UP AND THE ESCORT WENT ON A ROVING MISSION AROUND KAGOSHIMA BAY DESTROYING TWO FLOAT PLANES AND SETTING TWO LUGGARS AFIRE. A JUDY TRIES TO BOMB THE CABOT, BUT MISSES. OUR ESCORT TALLYHOED THE JAP, AND LT. SAM HIBBARD SHOOTS IT DOWN AS IT WAS PREPARING TO LAND.

1014

STRIKE RECOVERED. KANOYA FIELD BEING CLOSED IN, CHIRAN FIELD ON SOUTHERN KYUSHU WAS ATTACKED.

30 MARCH '45

THE PRE LANDING ATTACKS ON OKINAWA CONTINUED. OUR PLANES ARE JOINED WITH FLIGHTS FROM OTHER CARRIER PLANES IN A SATURATION RAID ON CONCENTRATED CAMOUFLAGED BUILDINGS. COVERED CAVE DEFENSIVE AREAS WERE HIT WITH BOMBS AND NAPALM. ANTI-AIRCRAFT EMPLACEMENTS WERE ALSO TARGETED. BUT, WHAT WAS TO COME WILL BE REMEMBERED FOREVER IN THE ANNALS OF HISTORY!

 

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