For the past few months, Gen. MacArthur, as CG, USAFFE had made repesentations with Pres. Quezon for additional lands in the perimeter of Clark Field to increase its capacity to accommodate the planes he anticipated coming from the USAAC. Purchase negotiations were having difficulties due to agrarian demands by certain sectors in Pampanga led by Pedro Abad Santos. To solve the problem, Pres. Quezon made the bold decision to expropriate the needed areas for Clark Field effective Oct. 21, due to the exigencies of the emergency situation. The decision seems to meet public approval as no complaints were registered.
After a week-long leave, I resumed my duties as CO, Q-112. However, during my leave, Manila News reported the resignation of the entire cabinet of Prince Konoye of Japan on Oct 17. Emperor Hirohito accepted the Konoye’s decision and designated Gen. Hideki Tojo, the War Minister, to head a new gov’t. To the US, the transformation holds threatening possibilities as Konoye was more receptive to Washington than Tojo has ever been.
Manila News also reported the USS Kearney torpedo attack by German U-Boat near Iceland, survived the attack but 11 crew members were killed. This stirred passion in Washington specially in Congress. And today, Joe DiMaggio hit safely in a record 56 straight games.