This week in the War, 8–14 January 1945: Captain Hunt and the Filipino resistance
Poster depicting the Philippine resistance movement [Public domain]
This week in the war, on the morning of 9 January 1945, American troops landed in force on Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines. They were soon contacted by a runner sent by Captain Ray C. Hunt of the US Army Air Corps.
Hunt had escaped from the Bataan Death March and, for over two years, had been fighting behind enemy lines with the Filipino resistance movement.
Hunt had been a staff sergeant when captured by the Japanese but was promoted to captain by the Filipinos and went on to lead a large and effective unit of resistance fighters.