World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ALASKA: Foggy Steppingstones

Army bombers for two weeks had tried to probe the fog-blanketed Aleutian Islands, find out what the Japs were up to after their first landing on westernmost Attu. Last week the murk lifted enough to reveal Japanese tents and temporary small buildings dotting bleak Kiska Island, Japanese warships riding in Kiska's wide, deep anchorage 600 miles west of the Navy's Dutch Harbor base. Before wheeling back to report that another craggy U.S. outpost had fallen, Army bombers sank one Jap transport, scored hits on a cruiser.

The Hepburn Board, which reported in 1938 on U.S. defense requirements in the Pacific, suggested...

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