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.
What do you know about the Battle of Dutch
this World War II History Quiz.
"Check Your Answers" at the bottom
of the page.
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.
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
- 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
- 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.
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.
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
- 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.
the six U.S. fighters, how many are lost?
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
What is the name of the ship?
- Dutch Harbor
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