P-38’s just put on a stirring exhibition, assisted by a Jap dive bomber,
right out in front of our Bn area. The Nip came out of the sun and made for
a transport convoy. 38’s raced after him across the harbor, at about 3000
ft, and a short burst set the zero on fire. The Nip held his course until
over the convoy, and dove at the largest transport missing it by feet. The
entire combat team lined the beach, echoing their appreciation, and offering
advice to the P-38’s. Morale rose 100% when the Nip flamed up. Our next
mission will depend largely on air cover.
secretive administrative order was received today from our Task Force CO,
Brig. Gen. Dunckel. We are now part of L-3 task Force; up to present we were
components of K-2 Task Force. The order covered MR’s, casualty reports,
mailing addresses, daily strength reports, and periodic reports- their
compilation, and channels of command.
largest single unit of the Task Force will be a Regimental Combat Team,
augmented by separate Bn’s and special troops.
mission of the entire Task Force will be to construct, defend and maintain
air-strips, which will give us cover and supply air cover for a large
invasion of the main Jap defenses on Luzon, to come shortly after our
strips in consideration were utilized by U.S. Air Force during the
Philippine Campaign of 1941-42, but have not been maintained or used by the
Japs since. They are overgrown with grass, and combat engineers of our Task
Force will ready the strip as soon as possible for our fighters. The wet
season is just coming to an end, and the weather should favor us.