Hey Vic....I say again, the present day view compared to 1945 is absolutely mind boggling. Who "woulda thunk" that the intersection of these two avenues/streets was the bulls eye on long ago bombing missions. Excellent stuff, just as I said over on your website.
I would have never guessed that those streets were built over runways. I wonder if any people who pass by there daily have any idea of this history under their feet. I expect the number is very close to zero.
- Nielson's was Manila's first international airport - Original main runway was at Paseo (not Ayala). The Japanese extended the apron at Ayala to make it the main runway in late 43 and early 44. They were extending Paseo but the lieberating forces were coming back. - Area of the boneyard and hangar was the old AFESA building, now located near current day PLDT and Ayala Museum.
Wow, I can see where my house stands today, and I am not joking. In one of the photos you can see Zobel Roxas and Vito Cruz extension, all the way to La Salle College in Taft Avenue and the Sun Cruises docks.
"The following day we met the next "star" in our cast of characters at the Nichols Field Prison Camp. He was to be named "the Wolf". He was identified by the interpreter as the "Field Superintendent" of this work detail. His jurisdiction began when the POW's departed from the school each day. We were soon to learn this man was dangerous! ...
...To the Wolf, the Angel, Cherry Blossom and the majority of our guards, we American POW's were the lowest form of life. It also became obvious these 'people' labored under a strange inferiority complex. They were small, we were large, and more importantly, we were helpless!
From "Amid Th' Encircling Gloom - Corregidor and Survival" - Al McGrew with Paul Whitman
Hey EXO/dmether....It would be comforting, to me, to know that most, if not all of these guards had their collective necks stretched after the War Crimes trials. Do you have any information of this having happened?
Marine Niece: My uncle, James P. Shockman USMC was a .50 caliber machine gunner, I believe on Caballo. Is there a roster anywhere of a small detachment of Marines who came in January of 1942 to Caballo as machine gunners. Any photos?
Mar 6, 2019 5:19:13 GMT 8
norm grossman: The Fall of the Philippines 1941-42 has always interested me and now at 67 years old and retired I have the time to surf the internet and find great website like yours to get answers to my questions on this subject.
Mar 11, 2019 7:30:56 GMT 8
norm grossman: How can I post or upload photos on my posts that are off my computer and don't have URL links? Thanks
Mar 11, 2019 7:35:09 GMT 8
EXO: Norm Grossman - most of us arrange our own third-party image storage. Flickr, or Photobucket are two in the market.
Mar 14, 2019 5:35:52 GMT 8
Marine Niece: Can anyone tell me where the cliff caves on Caballo/Fort Hughes are located?
Mar 24, 2019 7:30:16 GMT 8
Henry J. Kaden: Does anyone know of the date the "Test Platoon" completed their training and were awarded their wings?
Apr 14, 2019 4:01:25 GMT 8
Boy V: Hi Im Boy Villanueva loves travelling across the Philippines. I love searching American History during the WW 2. I came across the Villa Verde which inetrest me more. I have some photos of the new improvement of the road. and how can i upload it.
Apr 26, 2019 12:33:38 GMT 8
tmayer: Test Platoon- First jump from airplane was on August 16, 1940. First mass jump from airplane was on August 29, 1940. September 16 ,1940 War Department authorized the 1st Parachute BN. October 2, 1940 document was amended to read 501st Parachute BN (i
May 14, 2019 0:25:08 GMT 8
Marine Niece: Chadhill: Thank you for the sources! They've become part the story I'm writing about James's Marine service and his death. Do you think it's at all possible for me to recover my uncle's body and bring it home?
May 31, 2019 5:31:37 GMT 8
chadhill: Marine Niece: Very possible. Call USMC Service Casualty Office to register as family member at 800-847-1597. They will want a DNA sample. See FAQ at www.dpaa.mil/Contact/Contact-Us. Be sure to request his Individual Deceased Personnel File.
Jun 5, 2019 7:16:36 GMT 8
Marine niece: About 5PM 5/6/42, my uncle swam from the shelter of some Caballo cliff caves to help someone swimming from Corregidor. Returning, he was resting in the water by rocks when he was bombed and killed. Are there cliff caves east of the north dock near Fuger
Jun 11, 2019 22:50:33 GMT 8
cbuehler: Marine Niece,
Jun 13, 2019 0:33:51 GMT 8
cbuehler: Caballo Island is almost all cliffs etc. I have to say that a swim from Corregidor to there would be quite a feat even for an outstanding swimmer, given the distance, frequently rough water and sharks that were there.
Jun 13, 2019 0:39:22 GMT 8
batteryboy: There were a number of natural caves along the steep and rocky shoreline of Caballo. Not that deep though. There is a slight slope from the shore line leading to Battery Fuger but I cant recall any natural caves when i circled the island.
Jul 29, 2019 18:30:52 GMT 8
fortune40: Has anyone heard of government plan to build bridge between Bataan and Cavite passing by Corregidor? If its true going to the island in the future is easier to any tourists coming from Bataan or Cavite but the influx may change the landscape too..!
Sept 17, 2019 20:40:04 GMT 8
Rmcnnlly: My Gr-Uncle Lt. Col. Cyril "Bud" Marron died on the Oryoku Maru. I recently heard there will be an attempt to recover the remains of the those who died on the ship. Does anyone know who to contact about this?
Sept 18, 2019 3:26:06 GMT 8