World Battlefronts: Remember Manila

"At 1:46 p.m. a salvo of heavy bombs whistled down," wrote Frank Hewlett of the United Press from Manila. "With a roar that rocked the city for blocks, the bombs crunched down along the northern edge of the walled city."

In the chapel of Santo Domingo Church (built 1588) people were at their prayers. Few ever knew what hit them. Flames licked up over the brown stucco walls as more bombs rained down. They hit Santa Catalina College for girls, the Philippine Treasury Building. Fire swept a half-dozen square blocks. By next morning, first count of the raid's toll showed: 40 dead,...

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