15→16 October – Carrier aircraft again set off to bomb shipping and installations at the Manila Bay, Luzon area on both days. The Japanese lost: 20 aircraft shot down and 30-40 destroyed on the ground.
17→18 October – Northern Luzon and again the Manila Bay area were attacked by the carrier aircraft and the enemy this time lost 56 aircraft; four ships were sunk, with 23 others damaged. The US lost 7 aircraft.
19 October – Carrier aircraft bombed, rocketed and strafed select targets in the Visayas Group of the Philippines. The US 6th Army , under Gen. MacArthur began landings on Leyte which pushed the Japanese Navy to act.
22→23 October – Three enemy task forces converged for battle. The Japanese Combined Fleet were underway for Operation
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