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    Kiska Harbor Seaplane Base Aleutian Islands | Alaska United States
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Nippon News c1942

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Location
Kiska Harbor Seaplane Base was located inside Kiska Harbor with shore facilities at "Main Camp" on eastern Kiska Island in the Rat Island Group (Rat Islands) in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. Prewar, this location was used by the U.S. Navy (USN) as a seaplane landing area to support the small garrison manning Kiska Station (Kiska Weather Station) on Kiska Island.

Wartime History
On June 6, 1942 five hundred Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) No. 3 Special Naval Landing Force (3rd SNLF) land at Kiska Harbor. The Japanese Navy developed the area around Kiska Harbor into their main base area known as "Main Camp".

The Japanese further developed the area as a seaplane anchorage and forward base defended by anti-aircraft guns and coastal guns. By October 1942 a large metal hanger was built to protect the seaplanes. Nearby was a submarine base with a ramp and pens for Type A midget submarines.

Wartime History
During early June 1942 used by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as a forward seaplane base and submarine base. Starting on June 8, 1942 bombed by American aircraft. Used by the Japanese until they withdrew from Kiska on July 23, 1943. Afterwards, American planes continued to bomb the area until August 17, 1943.

Japanese units based at Kiska Harbor Seaplane Base
Toko Kokutai (detachment 6 x H6K Mavis C.O. Captain Ito Sukemitsu) June 1942
Kimikawa Maru (E13A Jake, A6M2-N Rufe) June 8, 1942
Kamikawa Maru (F1M2 Pete, E8N2 Dave) June 15, 1942
5th Kokutai / 452nd Kokutai (A6M2-N Rufe, E13A Jake) July 5, 1942 - July 1943 evacuation

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

During August 1943, occupied by U.S. forces that captured abandoned equipment and wreckage was strewn over the area. Several aircraft wrecks found along the shoreline, including two E13A Jakes transported to Adak Island.

Type-A Midget Submarine (No. 1)
One of three midget subs damaged by demolition charges, remains on land

Type-A Midget Submarine (No. 2)
One of three midget subs damaged by demolition charges, remains in the surf line

Type-A Midget Submarine (No. 3)
One of three midget subs damaged by demolition charges, no trace today

Today
Abandoned since the war. The remains of the wartime dock is still present to this day.

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Last Updated
June 11, 2021

 

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