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All the rumours are conflicting: we are doing well in Egypt and Russia.. we are NOT doing ditto.

At canteen today I bought a Shnghai produced 'Lacovomalt' for Mum, and someone either swiped it in a split second, or else the correct amount weren't handed out from stock:  still, they gave me another tin.

Rudolf Zindel, the Red Cross Delegate, makes his second visit to Stanley, this time in the company of Takeo Oda of the Japanese Foreign Affairs Department.

Zindel will not report on this and his first visit until December, when he will sum up affairs as 'definitely "satisfactory," although there was still room for further improvement in several respects'.


Rudolf Zindel, 'Visits to Prisoner of War and Civilian Internment Camps in Hongkong', attached to General Letter No. 10/42, 18th. December 1942 in Archives of the International Committee of the Red Cross, BG017 07-61

It’s getting warmer and the crisp air is grand. It’s perfect to sit out on the open deck and soak up air and sunshine. The children all have a cold, but this grand air should cure it quickly.

Someone gave me a pair of brown suede shoes and they fit fine. Boy what a different feeling to have shoes on that look like something! I also received a pair of hose from some kind lady, but one hardly dare wear them lest we have nothing when we land. I have gone without for almost 6 months so I hardly miss them.

1 tin corned beef (12.oz.) for 3 for 2 meals.

Issue of Royal leaf cigarettes 4 pkts. For $1.20

No fresh meat again.

Trouble in town.

Bodies on beach near Cemetery.

Fine day.

OBJECTIVE: Bomb Tien Ho airfield at Canton

TIME OVER TARGET: ~4:15 p.m.

AMERICAN UNITS AND AIRCRAFT: Three B-25s from 11th Bomb Squadron (341st Medium Bomb Group) escorted by 3 P-40Es from 23rd Fighter Group.  All aircraft are from the China Air Task Force (10th Air Force).

AMERICAN PILOTS AND AIRCREW: Major William E. Bayse (B-25s); Major Edward F. Rector (P-40s)

ORDNANCE EXPENDED: Chinese 50-kg incendiary bombs and 17-kg fragmentation bombs

RESULTS: At least six Japanese aircraft bombed on the ground at Tien Ho

JAPANESE UNITS, AIRCRAFT, AND PILOTS: 50 to 60 Japanese aircraft reported on ground at Tien Ho.  None spotted in the air.


SOURCES: Original 11th Bomb Squadron mission report in the Air Force Historical Research Agency archives at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.  I do not, however, have the mission report for the P-40s.

Information compiled by Steven K. Bailey, author of Bold Venture: The American Bombing of Japanese-Occupied Hong Kong, 1942-1945 (Potomac Books/University of Nebraska Press, 2019).