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Cold Bay Airport (PACD)
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Port Heiden Airport (PAPH)
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Departure Time Arrival Time
13:30 14:40
Aircraft Distance
C-46 172.966
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Leg 11 of Going Commando in Alaska. Leaving Cold Bay we head towards Port Heiden. Cold Bay American history began with the Japanese invasion of the Aleutians in World War II. General Simon Bolivar Buckner ordered the creation of Fort Randall an airbase on the shores of Cold Bay in 1942 as a part of a general expansion of American assets in the Aleutians. It served as a base for the 11th Air Force to provide protection to the only deep water port in the Aleutians at the time called Dutch Harbor. This protection was proved necessary when during the Midway Campaign by Yamamoto a diversionary attack was launched against Dutch Harbor. The initial attack was repulsed by the surprise presence of P40s stationed here. A second larger attack with its own fighter escort the next day succeeded in causing minor damage.
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