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11 February 1945

 

 

"Target Corregidor and target date 16 February."

   
 

 

 

12 February 1945

 

 

"Worked all night on F.O.#9."

 

 

 

13 February 1945

 

 

"F.O. It 9 issued. Arrangements and details 54.

Text Box: 55.
being smoothed out for D+1 day of Oprn. 48."

 

 

 

14 February 1945

 

 

The war tent contained a sand table, terrain model of Corregidor Island. Sam Smith was right after all with his prediction back on Noemfoor.

The 3rd Battalion will jump the morning of the 16th, the planes will return and pick up the 2nd Battalion. who will jump as the second lift. The same air transportation group, the 317th Troop Carrier Group, will transport the 3rd and 2nd the first day and the 1st Battalion the next morning, 17 February. Intelligence reports the island is not heavily defended. Sixth Army G-2 estimates 850 enemy troops defending the island. The island has been bombed by B-24's of the 307th Bomb Group and A-20's of the 3rd Attack Group since 28 January. They dropped 3,128 tons of bombs making this the heaviest concentration of bombs dropped on any target in the entire Pacific War. The island was closely photographed. Photos made shortly before our D-Day disclosed one set of footprints across the parade ground. The enormous amount of shelling and bombing had left a heavy coat of dust on the surface of the island.

A Navy task force has been bombarding the island for some time, and they will be standing by to provide fire support on call. Motor Torpedo Boats will be patrolling the coast in order to pick up jumpers who land in the sea. We will all wear Mae West inflatable life vests.

There are two jump fields on Topside. These are designated as "A" Field and "B" Field. "A" Field is the parade ground and "B" Field is the golf course. ("Golf course" is misleading. It was a tiny, nine hole, 'Pitch & Putt' course.) "B" Field is slightly smaller than "A" Field. The parade ground is located in front of the western half of the "mile long"' barracks on Topside. "B" Field is located east of the Officers Club and swimming pool. The eastern half of the Senior officers row borders "B" Field on the north.

 "It is easily determined arithmetically that a C-47 travelling at dropping speed will move at a rate of about 150 F/s. The maximum feasible length of "A" Field being 1050 feet and that of "B" Field 975, the actual time over the drop zone would not exceed about 6 seconds. Stick time out of the plane is about .5 seconds per man. Using a drop altitude of 400 feet, time to the ground amounts to approximately 25 seconds. A wind velocity of 15-25 mph or 22-37 f/s would occasion a drift of from 500 to 900 feet. during the descent, distances roughly equivalent to the length of the drop zone."

Source: USAFFE Report Number 308, 16 May, 1945 - Paragraph 7. d

 The jumps will be made in sticks of eight due to the shortness of the drop zones. Each plane will thus have to make three passes. In the briefings there was some talk of two passes, but I do not know of any planes that did not make the three. In our battalion we prepared for three and most of the jumpmasters were to remain in their plane and jumpmaster each stick. There were also two ammunition bundles in the plane to be kicked out before the jumpers. One bundle was to be kicked out before the first stick and one before the second. The reason for the jumpmasters staying with the plane was that the fields would already be secured by the 3rd Battalion, so there was no need for the officers to get down in a hurry. I put T/Sgt Todd in the lead of the first stick and S/Sgt Chris Johnson in lead of the second stick. I would lead the third stick. I don't think it would have been possible to get twelve men down safely, if two passes had been used.

 

"F.O. #9 corrected and distributed to those having old copies. Groups were given detailed instructions with the terrain model and aerial photos. Arrangements made for getting chutes and parking of planes on the 15th. We were briefed in a heavily guarded, buttoned down tent at Regimental Headquarters."

 

   

 

 

15 February 1945

 

 

   

NOTE: - As the materials for the period 15 February to 2 March are extensive, we are presenting them as a DAY REPORT series, one per day. As well as providing an "at-a-glance" view of the major issues, casualties and personalities, these summaries contain links to side notes and feature articles.  

Preparation for Corregidor

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