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Battle of Dutch Harbor
(June 3 - June 4, 1942)

The Battle of Dutch Harbor takes place and is a minor air and naval battle of the Aleutian Islands Campaign of World War II between Imperial Japanese Navy and United States Army and Navy forces.

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Alan's Dad (WW2 Vet) - Trivia powered by ABE1) On June 3, a Japanese light carrier strike force, under the command of Rear Admiral Kakuji Kakuta, comprising the light carriers Ryujo and Junyo, plus escort ships, sail to 180 miles southwest of Dutch Harbor to launch air strikes at the facility to support a Japanese offensive in the Aleutians and in the central Pacific at Midway.

  • True or False?

2) Dutch Harbor is ringed with anti air craft artillery batteries from the 206th Coast Artillery (Anti Aircraft).  
What National Guard unit was it a part of?

  • Arizona National Guard
  • Arkansas National Guard
  • Alaskan National Guard
  • Alabama National Guard

3) When is the 206th Coast Artillery (Anti Aircraft) first deployed to Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska?

  • August 1941
  • December 1941
  • March 1942
  • May 1942

4) Admiral Kakuta orders his aircraft carriers to launch their strike which is made up of 12 fighters, 10 high-level bombers, and 12 dive bombers which took off from the two small carriers in the freezing weather to strike at Dutch Harbor. 
What is the time of the launch?

  • 2:58 am
  • 3:58 am
  • 4:58 am
  • 6:58 am

5) In addition to their 3 inch guns, 37mm guns and .50 caliber machine guns, members of the unit fire their rifles and one even claim to have hurled a wrench at a low flying enemy plane.

  • True or False?

6) The 206th Coast Artillery spends much of the night of June 3 to June 4 moving guns down off the mountain tops surrounding the harbor down into the city of Unalaska and into harbor facilities themselves.  This is partially as a deception and partially to defend against and expected land invasion.

  • True or False?

7) On June 4, a second air strike of nine fighters, 11 dive bombers, and six level bombers took off and less than an hour later attack the U.S. facilities at Dutch Harbor again.  What time does the air strike begin?

  • 4:00 am
  • 6:00 am
  • 1:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm

8) On the way back, the Japanese planes encounter an air patrol of Curtiss P-40 fighters over Otter Point, an aerial battle began resulting in the loss of one Japanese fighter and two level bombers.  
Of the six U.S. fighters, how many are lost?

  • 0
  • 2
  • 4
  • 6

9) Driven away from two targets by intense anti aircraft fire, the Japanese finally succeed in destroying which because of its large size they mistakenly believe is a warship.  The ship is actually a transport ship which is beached and its power plant is being used to produce steam and electricity for the shore instillations.  
What is the name of the ship?

  • Dutch Harbor
  • Alaskan
  • Northwestern
  • Maine

10) During the June 4 raid, one above-mentioned Japanese Zero fighter plane is damaged by ground fire and crash-lands on Akutan Island, about 20 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor.  The pilot is killed but the plane is not seriously damaged. The Zero is recovered by American forces, inspected, and repaired.  The recovery is a crucial technical intelligence gain for U.S., who are then able to engineer aircraft capable of competing with Japanese Zeros in aerial combat on more favorable terms. 
What is the American Zero known as?

  • Dutch Harbor Fighter
  • Akutan Zero
  • Arnold's Reward
  • Bucky's Delight

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Battle of Dutch Harbor
(June 3 - June 4, 1942)
[Answers]

  1. True
  2. Arkansas National Guard
  3. August 1941
  4. 2:58 am
  5. True
  6. True
  7. 4:00 pm
  8. 4
  9. Northwestern
  10. Akutan Zero
 
 


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