TOTALLY LACKING THE TOOLS AND PREPAREDNESS FOR WAR IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS, ESPECIALLY
FOR AN AIR WAR, IS EVIDENCED BY THE NUMBER AND QUALITY OF AIRPLANES AND LACK OF AN AIR WARNING SYSTEM WHICH WERE AVAILABLE TO
DEFEND THE ISLANDS
UNITED STATES ARMY AIR CORPS UNITS BASED IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS ON NOVEMBER 30, 1941
V Bomber Command---19th Bomb Group--14th, 93rd, 30th, Hqs., and 28th Bomb Squadrons
Support Group---5th Air Base Sqdn--- 698th, 440th & 701st Ordnance, 7th Materiel Sqdn.
Pursuit Squadrons----3rd, 17th, 20th, 21st, and 34th----Observation Sqadron 2nd
20th Air Base Group--19th Air Base Sqdn. 27th, 28th, 48th Materiel Sqdns.
24th Bomb Group---27th Bomb Sqdn.
5,609 Air Corps Personnel
12 Martin B-10s
18 Douglas B-18s
35 B-17s
107 P40b & e's
52 P-35s
16 P-26s
A few O-46s
A few O-52s
32 Naval Patrol Planes
A few O-19s
Official sources disclose that the Japanese Armed Forces had approximately 500 first line aircraft available for the
invasion of the Philippine Islands in the year 1941, while the American forces had approximately 107 first line fighter
planes and 35 first line bombing aircraft. The remainder of the aircraft were obsolete and not worthy of combat.