During the fighting around Mindoro, enemy air attacks intensified on 5 January 1945. Patrolling fighters broke up morning and early afternoon strikes, shooting down numerous raiders. At , a third attack sent all hands to general quarters. Vectored CAP shot down several enemy planes and anti-aircraft fire accounted for others. Three planes got through to the cruisers Louisville, the destroyer Stafford, and the Australian cruiser Australia. Just before , two kamikazes dove at USS Manila Bay CVE-61) from the portside. The first plane hit the flight deck to starboard abaft the bridge, causing fires on the flight and hangar decks, destroying radar transmitting spaces, and wiping out all communications. The second plane, aimed for the bridge, missed the island close aboard to starboard and hit the sea off the fantail. Firefighting parties promptly brought the blazes under control, including those of two fueled and burning torpedo planes in the hangar deck. ManilaBay had 14 men killed and 52 wounded.
BM2 Bartlett was killed in action and buried at sea by his shipmates.
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