Eye Deep In Hell (isbn 0-87074-279-5; by William A. Owens) "Daylight came at last - the dawn we had feared, the dawn of A-Day, 20 October 1944, the day we would meet the Japs on the beaches ofLeyte Island. The sky was clear except for scattered clouds, the water smooth, glassy, stirred lightly by slow-moving ships gliding into place, the largest task -force ever assembled -- a thousand ship convoy ending the thousand-mile journey up from the Admiralty Islands, coming in on time and target."..
"0600. The battleships moved faster in their pattern.”...
"1000. H-Hour. Time to go over the side.”... Silent, grim faced... heft over the rail... like running an obsacle course ... lowering themselves boot and hand... they... dropped into a bobbing craft."... The last craft was loaded; the [circling] oval became a straight line, speeding ... a silence like death hung over [us].
The second wave went at 1200 A-Day The third wave went at 1500 A-Day plus 1
The first chapter will tell you what you want to know about the landings.