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Memorandum for Admiral Stark
September 12, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
You asked me about what we are doing for the Philippines:1
August 26: There sailed from San Francisco part of a regiment of antiaircraft troops and some reserve supplies.
September 8: There sailed from San Francisco the remainder of the antiaircraft regiment, a tank battalion of 50 tanks, 50 of the latest pursuit planes, and the personnel to man them, which brings the modern pursuit planes in the Philippines up to 80.
September 18: 50 self-propelled mounts for 75 cannon to be shipped from San Francisco, and 50 more tanks.
Today The squadron of nine Flying Fortresses landed in Manila after successfully flying the route Midway, Wake, New Britain, Dutch East Indies.
September 30: Two squadrons (26 planes) of Flying Fortresses will leave San Francisco for Hawaii en route
to the Philippines.
October: A reserve of pursuit planes will have been in process of shipment, about 32 in October, rising to a total of 130 by December.
November: Probably a reserve of six to nine of the super Flying Fortresses, B-24 type planes will be transferred to Manila. These planes will have an operating radius of 1500 miles, with a load of 14,000 bombs, which means that they can reach Osaka with a full load and Tokyo with a partial load. They have pressure cabins and can operate continuously 35,000 feet for bombing.
December: Another group of Flying Fortresses, some 35 planes, goes to Manila.
A group of dive bombers, some 54 planes, also goes.
A group of pursuit, some 130 planes, along with two additional squadrons to build up the previous
pursuit group, will be dispatched.
A 50% reserve is being established for all these planes.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Stark’s query may have been oral, since the editors have found no document on the issue from the chief of naval operations.
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr. (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 605-606.