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    Aleutian World War II

    National Historic Area Alaska

Amaknak Island Map

The map below allows you to observe several key landmarks on Amaknak Island. On June 3, 1942, a Japanese air raid on Dutch Harbor brought World War II to the Aleutian Islands and American soil.

 
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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.