USS Cleveland CL-55 Reunion Association


Bombardment of Caballo Island, Manila Bay
February 1945

"This is a small island in Manila Bay. It had been thoroughly bombed by B-25s, but while flying near it I noticed smoke coming from a cave at the right end of the island. I knew it was canon fire and I could see that it was directed at the landing beach."

"Via the Cleveland I requested a destroyer to come to the end of the island and put some air bursts at the cave entrance. The destroyer, which does not appear in the photographs, not only put up air bursts but blasted the hell out of the end of the island. I am sure it destroyed the cave and all in it."

--- Lt. Charles Stewart

Photo courtesy of Lt. Charles Stewart

Japanese gun firing on landing craft phtographed from CL-55's scout plane. The enemy gun was soon silenced.



Photo courtesy of Lt. Charles Stewart



Photo courtesy of Lt. Charles Stewart



Photo courtesy of Lt. Charles Stewart



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