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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
Kiska Harbor Submarine Base
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Unaware the Japanese had withdrawn, the Allies landed on Kiska on August 15, 1943.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.
against Kiska Harbor
B-17E Flying Fortress 41-9126
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