World War II: The Aleutian Islands Chronology

This campaign was fought on U.S. soil.

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Jun 03Japan attacks the Aleutian Islands at Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Japanese Admiral Yamamoto provided the Northern Area Fleet, commanded by Vice Adm. Boshiro Hosogaya, with a force of 2 small aircraft carriers, 5 cruisers, 12 destroyers, 6 submarines, and 4 troop transports, along with supporting auxiliary ships. US Coastal defenses from the Aleutians to Panama are put on full alert.Ref: 82
Jun 06Japan takes Kiska in the Aleutian Islands.Ref: 82
Jun 07Japan takes Attu in the Aleutian Islands.Ref: 82
Aug 30US sets up airfield at Adak in the Aleutian Islands.Ref: 82
Sep 14US starts bombing Kiska in the Aleutian Islands.Ref: 82
Sep 16The Japanese base at Kiska in the Aleutian Islands is raided by American bombers.Ref: 2
Nov 01Japan increases presence on Kiska and Attu in the Aleutian Islands to 4,000 and 1,000 men respectively.Ref: 82
Dec 20In the Aleutians, U.S. Army Air forces began bombing, strafing, and incendiary attacks on Japanese Kiska Harbor installations.Ref: 37
Jan 01Alaska Command reaches 94,000 soldiers.Ref: 82
Jan 11US Army landing on Amchitka Island in the Aleutian Islands.Ref: 82
Jan 26Japanese aircraft strafe Costantine Harbor on Amchitka Island in the Aleutians.Ref: 37
Feb 15The US airfield on Amchitka in the Aleutian Islands is completed.Ref: 82
Mar 26Navy engaged the Japanese in the Battle of Komandorskies, 150 miles west of Cape Wrangell, Alaska, with 3 big transports loaded with supplies escorted by 4 heavy cruisers and 4 destroyers. This is the largest sea fight of the Aleutians. B-25 Mitchell Bombers attack Japanese positions on Kiska, in the Aleutian Islands.Ref: 37
Apr 01Gen. DeWitt orders preparations for Operation Landgrab, the invasion of Attu Island. American planes strike Japanese targets on Kiska.Ref: 37
May 11Attu and Kiska in Aleutian Islands were retaken by a military expedition launched from San Francisco. The campaign lasted until May 30.Ref: 37
May 20All organized Japanese Army resistance ends in the Aleutians.Ref: 37
May 29Attu (in the Aleutian Islands) is back in US hands. 2,351 enemy dead, a few hundred were presumed to have been buried in the hills. Japanese surrender. Out of a U.S. force that totaled more than 15,000 men, 549 U.S. had been killed, 1,148 U.S. wounded, 2,100 U.S. men taken out of action by disease and nonbattle injuries.Ref: 82
May 30American forces secured the Aleutian island of Attu from the Japanese during World War II.Ref: 70
Jul 28Kiska (in the Aleutian Islands) evacuation, almost three weeks before the Allied landing.Ref: 82
Aug 15Attack on Kiska (in the Aleutian Islands) to begin. 21 dead and 121 sick and wounded.Ref: 82
Aug 18Navy lost 70 dead or missing and 47 wounded when the destroyer Amner Read struck a mine. American casualties totaled 313 men.Ref: 82
Aug 24Corlett declared Kisku (in the Aleutian Islands) secureRef: 82
Last Update: October 27th, 2005
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