Re: JAPANESE PARACHUTE ATTACK ON SAN PABLO AIR STRIP, DEC. 6, 1944
Hello Michele Smith... Here I was reviewing the Smith Family Genforum Daily, and suddenly a post has triggered my memories of about 60 years ago in the Philippines during WW2.
Well I never knew your Dad, but I was there in those waters of Surigao Strait 12/6/44. I was with the 67th Fighter SQD 13th AF at Dulag Ftr Strip on Leyte, and moving ground equip to Palawan Island on an LST... and there wwas a convoy of other ships escorted by destroyers and all enroute through Surigao Strait when Liberty Ship was hit by torpedo. I recall we sat there in water most all day while troops transfered to other ships, and search for source of torpedo was made. We were told the torpedo was launched from a sub in cove that made escape ahead of escorts. Does your dad recall that this same ship had been hit by aerial drop in Oct.... not Dec.do not recall any JAP planes in flight in that area in Dec. '44. But I think same incident I recall... Did you see I said JAP planes.. not Japanese as some today say I should not do that... Again "Jap" as that is what I will never forget.. anyway... say hi to your DAD for me.. Bill Smith