Friendship After Bombing Davao

Here is a close-up personal look at what occurred during one of the countless missions I mention.

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Two 63rd Squadron B-24 Snoopers took off from Owi Island on the night of September 4, 1944 to bomb Matina Airdome at Davao, Mindinao. One of the B-24s soon turned back due to radar failure. Captain Roland T. Fisher, pilot of the other B-24, “MISS LIBERTY,” continued on alone. Fisher had flown night missions with the Royal Air Force in 1941 and would soon be needing every ounce of skill he had acquired over the last few years.

Twenty-one years after this mission, Fisher recounted his experience: “I could see again the bright moon in the clear night sky and the green shadow of Cape San Agustin below. I had entered Davao Gulf by crossing from the Pacific over the peninsula into the head of the gulf and made nearly a straight-on approach over Samal Isle to Matina air strip. I remember thinking perhaps this would allow me to enter…

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on January 14, 2017, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 57 Comments.

  1. Absolutely great reading gp, it’s always interesting to read any material that highlights the meeting of former enemies long after the war is over.
    Great post.

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  2. I recently came across a book titled WORLD WAR II FROM ABOVE, by Jeremy Harwood. I don’t own it myself, but it contains reconnaissance photos, flight maps, aerial combat photos, and related text. Just thought I’d let you know in case you’re interested in checking it out.

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  3. Just another example of how tragic war is. Two men compelled to kill each other who under different circumstances were quite happy to live peacefully.

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  4. Great story thank you for sharing and respect

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  5. Oh my gosh, what a story of survival, of heroism, and of descency! Thank you so much for sharing

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  6. This is a great story, GP. I am glad these two men went on to become friends. Someday, perhaps war will not exist. We all need to live in peace.

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  7. What a fascinating story. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. First time I heard of war story on that part of the Philippines. Great one.

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  9. Wow. What a story and amazing example to us all.

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  10. Is it too much to expect that those against whom we fight today, those we are told to hate, will tomorrow be our friends and prove what a stupid waste it all is!!

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  11. This is a very touching story indeed. I always moves me deeply twhen I read hat former enemies can come together after the war and be kind and forgiving, even though the winds of war once forced them to fight each other.

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    • We aren’t that much different country to country. I believe that’s why so many feel we should stuff the politicians in a ring and let them battle their differences out! haha Wouldn’t THAT be a sight?!!

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  12. I still get angry every time I read about the young Japanese pilots being forced to fly suicide missions, G. Beyond that a great tale of courage and humanity. –Curt

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  13. nice story, Hey i like your Blog, check out my Blog as well🙂, it is for a school project so please do leave criticism and comments,thanks !

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  14. important remembrance
    of relationships during wartime 🙂

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  15. What an amazing story! I was thinking recently how difficult it is for us these days to realize that 70 years ago the Japanese were our mortal enemies. This story is an example of the healing that has taken place.

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  16. I continue to be surprised at how quickly things can change.

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  17. I had read it but had forgotten about it.

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  18. Amazing that the Japanese pilot was able to continue flying after his prop had struck the B-24. Also that Fisher was able to skillfully get back to base. These first-hand accounts really bring home the daily horrors of the war, GP.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  19. I agree, a very uplifting story. The friendship between our two countries is amazing given the terrible war we fought. The human spirit is resilient and forgiving.

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  20. Thanks for bringing us this great story.

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  21. Quite amazing and strangely uplifting

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