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The cover below was sent from Honolulu to Lt. C. E. Wake of the 20th Pursuit Squadron at Nichols Field, Rizal, in the Phlippines on April 8, 1942.  It was Censored by examiner 2654 and backstamped in Hawaii on May 25, 1942.

Here is the backside.

Since I first encountered this, I have concluded that the cover is likely to be philatelic in origin.  The following discussion includes quotes from some on-line history of the battle in the Philippines.

Manila fell sometime around January 3, 1942 but before the 5th:  All British and Americans were ordered to report for internment, and nearly 3,000 were herded together on the campus of Santo Tomas University.

The city of Mailla was surrounded by an inferno of flame, noise, and smoke. Fuel supplies at Fort McKinley to the southeast, installations that survived the bombing at Nichols Field to the south, and the ruins of Cavite across Manila Bay were demolished in great bursts of flame and explosion. The bewildered and frightened population was further panic-stricken by the soaring flames from the oil tanks at Pandacan, which ate up surrounding warehouses and buildings

Correigidor, the last bastion of the American military fell on April 9, 1942.  Since it was across the dateline, it occurred when it was still April 8 in Honolulu.  I think someone sent this letter fully expecting it to be


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July 18. 1999