Short Essay Questions Key
1. What had the prisoners of Puerto Princesa Prison Camp been working on during internment?
The prisoners of Puerto Princesa Prison Camp worked for nearly three years building an airstrip. They spent days smashing rocks, hammering coral to make concrete, and ripping out trees to create the airstrip.
2. On December 14, what difference occurred in the routine of the men working on the airstrip?
The airstrip the prisoners worked on got bombed. One hundred and fifty men had spent the morning filling in the bomb pits to make the runway usable again. When it was time for the lunch break, Lieutenant Sabo told the men they were going to return to the barracks to eat. This was unusual, because usually the men would take a break at the field and then return to work shortly after eating.
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