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    Aleutian World War II

    National Historic Area Alaska

Forces on Kiska

"Forty-four men served in the Navy Mobile Anti-Aircraft Battery 411. These men trained on 40mm, 20mm and .50 caliber machine guns."

Roger Jeanfaivre, electrician mate 3rd class, Navy Mobile Anti-Aircraft Battery 411
 
"I was an electrician. The guns ... the 40mm guns were electrically controlled and my job was to start the generator and get it up to speed and then transfer ... the electricity to the gun. When they were all set ... my job was just to keep the generator running."

Roger Jeanfaivre, electrician mate 3rd class, Navy Mobile Anti-Aircraft Battery 411
 

Did You Know?

A PBY plane surrounded by crew

A PBY plane piloted by Lt. Jean Cusick was sent from Dutch Harbor, on June 3, 1942, to locate Japanese forces in the Pacific. He was shot down by enemy fighters en route. Five men out of the seven-man crew survived the crash and got into life rafts. Cusick and his enlisted pilot died on the rafts from their wounds. The other three were captured by the Japanese, and became the first prisoners of war in the Aleutian Campaign.