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St. Fidelis College

B-24's Bomb AA Battery
December 28, 1943 Before and After photos of a high altitude bombing run on a heavy A.A. battery located slightly north of Alexishafen. In this photograph, major bomb damage is seen in the middle of the peninsula, but in reality, the AA batteries were further to the tip, and thus would have been untouched by this raid.

75mm Anti-Aircraft Batteries
Today, many relics remain on the mission properly undisturbed. Unlike other relics that have since been scrapped or removed, the mission land is protected and is why they are left intact. The mission's sign is made from a large Japanese propeller, probably from a bomber from Alexishafen. Also, the stations of the cross are painted onto large ship screws, probably from wrecks or abandoned equipment in the harbor area.

During the Japanese occupation, the Catholic mission, which is built on a peninsula of land was fortified with at least a dozen an anti-aircraft batteries outfitted with the Japanese 75mm guns built into revetments.

Today, the revetment are clearly visible and many bomb craters pot mark the area. Some of the guns are missing, or barrels have fallen off in the years since the war while others are still in excellent condition.

Despite the bomb craters, no direct hits were scored on the guns, although several had shrapnel damage on their barrels marking nearby blasts.

Propellers & Stations of the Cross
The stations of the cross are painted on large ship propellers, presumably from war debris located near the mission and collected after the war.

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