MacArthur left Corregidor with his wife, son, and personal and military staff on board four motor torpedo boats that headed south for the island of Mindanao, also in the Philippines. There, MacArthur’s party boarded B-17s and flew to Australia.
He first uttered his famous “I shall return [to the Philippines]!” phrase as part of a speech he made about ten days later while changing trains in the small South Australian town of Terowie. He used the phrase again in later speeches.
On 20 October 1944, MacArthur returned to the Philippines at the head of a massive invading army.