Escape from Bataan

This memoir recounts Hofmann's experiences in vivid detail. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.


Author: Ross E. Hofmann

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476665689

Category: History

Page: 228

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"Recounts Hofmann's experiences in vivid inherently fascinating and consistently compelling read from beginning to end. An invaluable and appreciated contribution to the growing library of World War II literature...recommended"--Midwest Book Review. U.S. Navy Supply Corps Ensign Ross Hofmann had no idea what was in store for him when he arrived at Cavite Naval Base in October 1941. Two months later, Japanese forces struck the Philippines, destroying the base and forcing U.S. personnel to retreat to Bataan. There, Hofmann joined a makeshift unit of Army Aircorps ground personnel, U.S. Marines, U.S. sailors, U.S. Naval ground battalions and Filipinos to fight a Japanese force that landed nearby. In March 1942, with the fall of Bataan imminent, he traveled to Cebu to run supplies through the blockade of Bataan and Corregidor. Soon after his arrival, the Japanese landed on Cebu, forcing the Americans to retreat again. Hiking through jungles and crossing dangerous waters in barely seaworthy vessels, Hofmann avoided capture and reached an American base in Mindanao. He received orders to establish a seaplane base on Lake Lanao. As Japanese troops landed nearby, two seaplanes returning from Corregidor stopped to refuel, one of them hitting a submerged rock on take-off. In a harrowing race against the enemy advance, Hofmann and others worked feverishly to fix the plane and escape before the Japanese converged on Lake Lanao. This memoir recounts Hofmann's experiences in vivid detail.

Escape from Bataan

A novel based on the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in World War II.


Author: John Kelly


ISBN: OCLC:227003589

Category: Philippines

Page: 158

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A novel based on the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in World War II

Escape from Corregidor

To me they were horrible moments which frightened me now that I was on the threshold of a successful escape. ... The Americans and British strained their eyes looking at Bataan and Corregidor, but all that they could see where the dense ...


Author: Edgar D. Whitcomb


ISBN: 9780359267682

Category: World War, 1939-1945

Page: 274

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Captivity Flight and Survival in World War II

The Australians who had fled Ambon had indeed been wise to take any chance to get away ; 405 of the 528 who stayed ... forced the Filipino - American forces to retreat to the Bataan peninsula and the fortified islands in Manila Bay .


Author: Alan J. Levine

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 027596955X

Category: History

Page: 258

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Accounts of daring escapes of World War II, these stories speak of human nature and survival in some of the toughest situations in Europe and the Pacific.

Escape From Davao

Over the decades this remarkable story, called the “greatest story of the war in the Pacific” by the War Department in 1944, has faded away. Because of wartime censorship, the full story has never been told until now.


Author: John D. Lukacs

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439180433

Category: History

Page: 448

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On April 4, 1943, ten American prisoners of war and two Filipino convicts executed a daring escape from one of Japan’s most notorious prison camps. The prisoners were survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March and the Fall of Corregidor, and the prison from which they escaped was surrounded by an impenetrable swamp and reputedly escape-proof. Theirs was the only successful group escape from a Japanese POW camp during the Pacific war. Escape from Davao is the story of one of the most remarkable incidents in the Second World War and of what happened when the Americans returned home to tell the world what they had witnessed. Davao Penal Colony, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, was a prison plantation where thousands of American POWs toiled alongside Filipino criminals and suffered from tropical diseases and malnutrition, as well as the cruelty of their captors. The American servicemen were rotting in a hellhole from which escape was considered impossible, but ten of them, realizing that inaction meant certain death, planned to escape. Their bold plan succeeded with the help of Filipino allies, both patriots and the guerrillas who fought the Japanese sent to recapture them. Their trek to freedom repeatedly put the Americans in jeopardy, yet they eventually succeeded in returning home to the United States to fulfill their self-appointed mission: to tell Americans about Japanese atrocities and to rally the country to the plight of their comrades still in captivity. But the government and the military had a different timetable for the liberation of the Philippines and ordered the men to remain silent. Their testimony, when it finally emerged, galvanized the nation behind the Pacific war effort and made the men celebrities. Over the decades this remarkable story, called the “greatest story of the war in the Pacific” by the War Department in 1944, has faded away. Because of wartime censorship, the full story has never been told until now. John D. Lukacs spent years researching this heroic event, interviewing survivors, reading their letters, searching archival documents, and traveling to the decaying prison camp and its surroundings. His dramatic, gripping account of the escape brings this remarkable tale back to life, where a new generation can admire the resourcefulness and patriotism of the men who fought the Pacific war.

Special Bibliography Series

Periodical Articles American Legion Bell , Francis E. Bataan death march . Magazine 67 : 12ff , August 1959 . Escape from Bataan . Time 39 : 75-76 , 13 April 1942 . Fuller , Burt C. Japs aren't so smart ; radioman's story of capture ...




ISBN: UIUC:30112119813779

Category: Bibliography


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WWII Duty Honor Country

It was April 9, 1942, when we moved to Cabcaban Field, after being on Bataan for over 100 days, with little food and water. Along with some others, I escaped from Bataan in a small boat. Due to our escape, we were not part of one of the ...


Author: Steve Hardwick

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781475966596

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 370

View: 922

"This book was written to provide and preserve an oral history of the eighty-four men and women who were interviewed...sharing their memories of World War II. The stories include seventy-six veterans and eight women who served as USO volunteers, Red Cross service workers, a Holocaust survivor, and women who worked on the home front...All of the veterans and the women who served in various support roles have a connection to Indiana"--from the Preface.

The Dyess Story


Author: William Edwin Dyess


ISBN: STANFORD:36105020054412

Category: Bataan Death March, Philippines, 1942

Page: 182

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Sundays in Manila

In fact, between one and two thousand Philippine-American troops did escape to Corregidor from Bataan, either by boat or by swimming. Shortly after returning to the US after visiting Bataan, I happened upon an absorbing journal written ...


Author: Robert H. Boyer

Publisher: UP Press

ISBN: 9789715426305

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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Bob Boyer offers affectionate-often intimate-portraits of Filipino life and culture, formed over many visits. He sharpens the picture with factual detail. Whether he's riding a jeepney, sipping iced tea at the Chocolate Kiss, exploring the mysteries of Quiapo, or marching up Bataan and Corregidor. The Philippines is blessed by a number of historic sites as well as those associated with the American period and World War II. Professor Boyer serves both as a personal historian and a guide as he brings historic events to life. The book serves as an excellent reference for persons interested in Philippine history as well as for those who plan to visit the country.