World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ALASKA: Scant Certainty

Army & Navy aircraft probing along the Aleutians spotted and damaged three Japanese transports off a third island, Agattu, between already-seized Kiska and Attu. In Kiska harbor they saw a heavy cruiser and escort vessels, observed and bombed Japanese installations four times along the Kiska shoreline. Such was the slim sum reported from the Alaskan front for a two-week period up to July 4. On that day, U.S. submarines, taking over where fog had stymied aircraft, set off a string of firecrackers along the Aleutian chain. Submarine torpedoes sank one Jap destroyer at Agattu, a second and third at...

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