Thursday, October 13, 2011

Olongapo And Subic Bay - World War II

In World War II, Subic Bay and Olongapo were heavily bombed and eventually overrun by the Japanese. On 11 December 1941, Japanese Zero aircraft strafed the Catalina patrol aircraft used by the base, sending seven of them to the muddy bottom; they have not yet been found by divers.

On 14 December the Japanese inflicted heavy bombing on Olongapo and by 24 December, it was obvious that the situation at Subis Bay was hopeless. The order was given to destroy the station and withdraw. Olongapo and the base were torched and the old station ship, the ex-USS New York was towed out into the bay and scuttled. The Japanese army marched into Olongapo on 10 January 1942. The Amercans re-took Subic Bay at the end of January 1945, established a new Olongapo just inland of is pre-war site, and built up the Subic Bay Naval Base to be the US Navy's largest supply depot outside the USA.

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