This morning we fueled destroyers right after G.Q. The first one transferred seven japs prisoners to us – they were from the jap ship we had sunk on the 12th. I had always been curious to see a real live jap but my curiosity was quickly satisfied. They were a miserable looking lot. Small, ugly and almost inhuman in actions and expression. I watched them treat one the wounded japs down in sick bay. I was feeling sorry for him because he looked so harmless and pooped out. They were clipping his hair off and finally got around to removing his mustache. That evidently was too much for him as he grabbed the clippers away from the careman as quick as a cat and tried to run them through his tormentor’s hair. He looked so cruel and animal like that I didn’t feel sorry for him afer that. Brunson and Poirier flew a search rescue mission this morning but had no luck. Three boys had the standbye duty tonight.
ACTION REPORT – 6-29 June 1944
Saipan/Guam/Battle of the Philippine Sea – 6-29 June 1944
D-1 DAY (14 June 1944).
8 VF – routine patrols.
7 VB – routine patrols.
Strike C (0915-1100)
14 VF, 9 VB and 9 VT – 2 VF furnished Air Coordinator #3; CHARAN-KANOA set afire with incendiaries, gun positions in south central part of SAIPAN strafed and bombed. 9.9 tons of bombs dropped.
Strike D (0940-1230).
4 VF and 2 VB – the 4 VF furnished Air Coordinator #4 and strafed small boats off CHARAN-KANOA; VB bombed gun positions southwest of ASLITO airfield. 1 ton of bombs dropped.
Strike G (1215-1530).
12 VF, 9 VB and 9 VT – 1 VB furnished Air Coordinator #6; AFETNA POINT, SAIPAN was bombed and strafed and at least two fires started; sugar mill at CHARAN-KANOA was set afire and destroyed by incendiaries and bombs; propaganda leaflets were distributed over SAIPAN. 9.9 tons of bombs dropped.
Strike I (1345-1655).
2 VF and 8 VB – the two VF furnished Air Coordinator #7; radar station on MT. TAPOTCHUA, gun positions north of AGINAN POINT, SAIPAN, and barracks and planes at ASLITO airfield bombed and strafed. 4 tons of bombs dropped.
2 VF(N) went on rescue escort mission (0910-1235) – no action.
1 VT made trip to SAN JACINTO and returned (1345-1530).
1 VB landed on LEXINGTON to remain overnight (1808).
2 VT made several message drops (1345-1655).
Recapitulation for D-1 Day.
Bombs Dropped (tons) 24.8
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Tomorrow, June 15 1944…
D-Day. The troops went ashore on schedule…