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Location
Kiska Harbor is located on the eastern shore of Kiska Island in the Aleutian Island Chain (Aleutian Islands) in Alaska in the United States. To the east is Little Kiska Island.

Wartime History
On June 6, 1942 five hundred Japanese Special Naval Landing Force (SNLF / Marines) from the No. 3 Special Landing Party landed at Kiska Harbor.

The Japanese Navy developed the area around Kiska Harbor, known as "Main Camp". Anti-aircraft guns and coastal guns defended area. A submarine and seaplane base was established along the shoreline.

Kiska Harbor Seaplane Base
Located at Kiska Harbor

Kiska Harbor Submarine Base
Located at Kiska Harbor

On July 23, 1943 the entire Japanese garrison of 5,183 troops and civilians was evacuated from Kiska by the Japanese Navy under the cover of fog. Despite massive American air and naval power in the vicinity, the evacuation force was not detected.

Unaware the Japanese had withdrawn, the Allies landed on Kiska on August 15, 1943. Thousands of American and some Canadian troops landed. Although there were no Japanese on the island, there were 17 fatalities and roughly 200 casualties from accidents, friendly fire and enemy booby traps. An additional 130 men suffered cases of trench foot.

American missions against Kiska Harbor
June 8, 1942 - August 17, 1943

Nissan Maru
Sunk June 19, 1942 by US bombers in Kiska Harbor

B-17E Flying Fortress 41-9126
Pilot Marks crashed July 16, 1942

Kano Maru
Damaged July 30-31, 1942 then towed to Kiska sunk by air attack September 15, 1942

Unidentified Subchaser
Likely sunk during late July 1942 by USS Grunion SS-216

RO-65 Submarine
Sunk September 28, 1942 by American bombers

Urajio Maru (Uragio Maru)
Damaged December 31, 1942 by bombing then abandoned January 3, 1943

References
National Park Service (NPS) - Battle for the Aleutians

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September 19, 2017

 

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