Aleutians Campaign Photo Gallery 


Dutch Harbor, Unalaska Island, Alaska

A Navy machine gun crew watches intently as Japanese aircraft depart the scene after the attack on Dutch Harbor, Alaska, on 3 June 1942. Smoke in background is from the freighter SS Northwestern, set ablaze by a dive bomber (80-G-11749).


Photo #: 80-G-73827  Battle of the Komandorski Islands

26 March 1943: USS Salt Lake City (CA-25) in action during the Battle of the Komandorski Islands, with an enemy salvo landing astern (80-G-73827).


Photo #: 80-G-299022  USS Salt Lake City (CA-25)

USS Salt Lake City (CA-25) at Dutch Harbor on 29 March 1943, three days after the Komandorski engagement. Note staining on her hull side, possibly from ice (80-G-299022).


Battle of the Komandorski Islands, 26 March 1943

Crewmen of USS Salt Lake City (CA-25) examine shrapnel holes in the outboard catwalk of the ship's starboard catapult at Dutch Harbor on 30 March 1943 (80-G-50211).


Battle of the Komandorski Islands, 26 March 1943

Funeral of USS Salt Lake City (CA-25) crewmen Lieutenant Commander Winsor Colvig Gale and Fireman Second Class Frederick David, who were killed by shrapnel during the action. Photographed at Dutch Harbor, Alaska, soon after the battle (80-G-50249).


Attu Invasion, May 1943

USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) fires its 14-inch main battery guns at Japanese installations in the Holtz Bay area on Attu, 11 May 1943 (80-G-54529).


Photo #: 80-G-54505  Attu Invasion, May 1943

USS Heywood (APA-6) hoists out LCVPs, off Attu on the first day of the invasion, 11 May 1943. Note binnacle mounted in front of the ship's open bridge at the lower left (80-G-54505).


Photo #: 80-G-50921  Attu Invasion, May 1943

Soldiers unload landing craft on the beach at Massacre Bay, Attu, on 13 May 1943. LCVPs in the foreground are from USS Zeilin (APA-3) and USS Heywood (APA-6) (80-G-50921).


Attu Invasion, May 1943.

The first American flag to fly over Attu after the landings was erected on the conning shield of this abandoned Japanese landing craft (SC-171525).


Attu Invasion, May 1943

Scene in Massacre Bay, Attu, on the first sunny day since invasion operations began, circa late May 1943. View is looking toward Beach Yellow, in the northwestern part of the bay (80-G-K-13762).


Kiska Harbor, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

A Japanese transport is sinking and two other transports are on fire after U.S. attack on the Japanese base at Kiska, 16 June 1942. The photo probably shows the sinking of Nissan Maru on 18 June 1942 (80-G-11686).


USS TENNESSEE (BB-43) at Adak, Aleutians, on August 12, 1943, just before the Kiska Operation

USS Tennessee (BB-43) at Adak, Aleutians, on 12 August 1943, just before the Kiska landing operation (SC-217808).


Kiska Operation, August 1943

A soldier makes friends with a dog left behind during the Japanese evacuation of Kiska in late July 1943. In the background is the former Japanese central control shack, which was found in such good condition that it was immediately put to use as the U.S. telephone central. Photographed on 15 August 1943, the first day of the Kiska landings (80-G-54569).


Japanese attack on Dutch Harbor, Alaska, 4 June 1942

SS Northwestern continues to burn after the 4 June 1942 attack on Dutch Harbor by Japanese carrier aircraft (80-G-215398).


Battle of the Komandorski Islands

Track of the action during the Battle of the Komandorski Islands, created shortly after the 26 March action. Estimates of Japanese ships present are largely incorrect (80-G-299017).


Battle of the Komandorski Islands, 26 March 1943

Officers aboard USS Salt Lake City (CA-25) plotting combat information center (CIC) records of the action, after the ship's return to Dutch Harbor (80-G-50208).


Battle of the Komandorski Islands, 26 March 1943

USS Salt Lake City's 8-inch/55-caliber guns of turret number 3, showing heat scale on the tubes from extensive firing during the Komandorskis action, taken at Dutch Harbor on 30 March 1943. Note snow falling (80-G-50221).


Battle of the Komandorski Islands, 26 March 1943

A bugler blows "Taps" at the funeral of Lieutenant Commander Gale and Fireman Second Class David (80-G-50221).


Photo #: 80-G-50773  Attu Invasion, May 1943

Troops boarding an LCM alongside USS Heywood (APA-6) in the fog off Attu, 11 May 1943 (80-G-50773).


Photo #: 80-G-50770  Attu Invasion, May 1943

Soldiers climb down cargo netting to board landing craft alongside USS Heywood (APA-6), off Attu on 11 May 1943 (80-G-50770).


Photo #: 80-G-50848  Attu Invasion, May 1943

Soldiers disembarking from LCPR- and LCM-type landing craft on the beach at Massacre Bay, Attu, on 12 May 1943. Boats are from USS Heywood (APA-6). Note the military policeman overseeing operations from his position near the right side of the image (80-G-50848).


Attu Invasion, May 1943

Soldiers advance across a hill near the Attu coast as the fog rolls in, 13 May 1943 (80-G-50952).


Attu, Aleutians

Bulldozers move along a muddy road near the Attu shore as the island base is built up for further operations, 27 July 1943. Note LCT beached in the background (80-G-52124).


Kiska Harbor, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Japanese transport burning and breaking up after a U.S. air attack on the Japanese base at Kiska, 18 June 1942. She is very probably Nissan Maru, sunk this date by U.S. Army aircraft (80-G-11683).


Photo #: 80-G-475421  Kiska Operation, August 1943

Troops march up the beach at Adak, during pre-invasion loading for the Kiska Operation, 13 August 1943 (80-G-475421).


Kiska Island, Aleutians

Kiska, partially shrouded by clouds at sunrise, summer 1943. Photographed from a U.S. Navy ship offshore (80-G-K-13808).

Published:Mon Mar 26 11:30:57 EDT 2018