Navy Diary for end of March 1945

USS Montpelier

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

Tuesday, March 20, 1945 – B-29s dropped leaflets on Japan telling the inhabitants that the bombing would cease when they stopped fighting.  They also warned people to stay away from military areas,  Bomber from Iwo Jima will bomb Japan soon.

I left the ship today for recreation on the beach at Mindoro.  We received a ride from an Army truck and went to the town about 10 miles away.  HQ for the 5th Air Force was also accommodated on the island.  I saw a couple of Red Cross girls there.  Some of the men bought corn whiskey from the soldiers.  They paid $17 for one pint.  That must be some kind of record.

Sunday, March 25, 1945 – Today is palm Sunday, our third in the Pacific.  The Australian cruiser Hobart was here, but left yesterday with the Phoenix and Boise.  The Cleveland, Denver and Montpelier are the only cruisers here now.  The men would like to join Bull Halsey’s Third Fleet, but they are only letting the newer ships go with the 3rd.

The other night we were ordered to battle stations.  Around midnight, Jap bombers struck at Manila.  They did not attack the ships in the bay.

USS Franklin, in the Task Force, 60 miles off the coast of Japan. This is what Seaman Fahey was missing. One Japanese “Betty” bomber dropped 2 bombs. All planes on deck were lost as were 832 crew members.

The Press News reported that 274 tons of bombs have been falling on Germany every hour for the past 3 weeks.  This is more than England received during the entire war.  The Japs lost 10,000 aircraft in the past 7 months.

Sunday, April 1, 1945 – A British task force is now operating with the American Fleet off Japan.  Today at noon approximately 100 LCIs arrived.  Some action must be in store.

Click on images to enlarge.

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Farewell Salutes – 

Ted Brewer – Omaha, NE; US Army Air Corps, WWII, Korea & Vietnam, CM Sgt. (Ret. 26 y.)

Willie Cardin – Hartford, CT; US Army, 11th & 82nd Airborne Divisions

Robert Gilmour – Manitoba, CAN; RC Navy, WWII

Wendell Hawley – Burlington, VT; US Army, WWII

Alan Konzelman – Patterson, NJ; US Navy, engineer, 6th Fleet

William Lynch – Washington DC; US Navy, WWII, Radioman 3rd Class

Mark Pitalo – Biloxi, MS; USMC, WWII & Korea

Harry Sergerdell – Broad Channel, NY; US Coast Guard, WWII

Thomas Turner – Gaffney, SC; US Navy, WWII, submarine service

Willis Williams – Memphis, TN; US Navy, WWII, Korea & Vietnam, Commander (Ret.)

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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 May 4, 2018, in First-hand Accounts, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 57 Comments.

  1. Excellent first hand post gp, hard to comprehend the Japanese losing 4,000 aircraft in the Philippines campaign.
    Thanks for the link to another must read book.

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    • No problem, Ian. I believe I have just over 100 books on the subject and I can safely say I was only disappointed in a couple. So… I just might pass on more titles for you. (sorry, I have trouble reading Nam & Desert Storm, so I don’t have much on them.)

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  2. Nothing like a personal, on-the-scene diary to tell things as they really happened.This young man really gave great details rather than just general thoughts. These diaries are real treasures.

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  3. He seems very well informed. I didn’t think there would be so much information available to the troops.

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  4. Another great detailed account, I was really struck by: “Today is palm Sunday, our third in the Pacific.”

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  5. Heel interessante post.Gisteren vloog een Lancaster bommenwerper over Lier..IN 1943 is er één, in Lier neergestort enkele van de bemanningsleden konden zich redden de anderen waren dood. Er is een monumentje voor de slachtoffers opgericht.Er waren gisteren feestelijkheden voor de herdenking.Er zijn nog slechts 2 unieke lancaster bommenwerper en 1 van de 2 nog restestende bommenwerpers vloog gisteren over de plechtigheid in Lier als een salut.en voor de herdenking van de Cr

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  6. I was amused that the fact he saw a couple of red cross girls was worthy of inclusion, G. The women were a rare commodity! –Curt

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  7. Excellent, GP. I liked the fact Nasuko let us know what is in the leaflets.

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  8. He seems quite a fan of the RAF. I dread to think what his reaction was when he saw a real giant like the B-29 close up…and that bomb bay!

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  9. As you know, I just posted about diaries. Wish I’d had this one. It looks great. RT.

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  10. Enjoyed the detail of this. Wow, $17.00 a pint!!

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  11. Interesting!
    It is also registered in the National Library of Japan!

    http://id.ndl.go.jp/auth/ndlna/00513143
    https://viaf.org/viaf/72979671/#skos:Concept

    A credible book, I should try to buy it☺️👍

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  12. An interesting personal account. Action/rest/routine. The experiences of so many serviceman during WW2 are similar, and the Japanese losses reported are staggering indeed.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  13. I do like these personal accounts.

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  14. Would that the Japanese had heeded the leaflets

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