Battery Const. #404
Fort Abercrombie, HD Kodiak
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The Coast Artillery took control of Battery Const. #404 on December 30, 1943, after about one year of construction. The battery was armed with two 8-inch Naval guns positioned to either side of the central battery structure. Ammunition magazines and support facilities were housed within the battery structure.

The battery is now the home of the Kodiak Military History Museum and houses many interesting artifacts of both Coast Artillery and general military origins.

Magazines
Plotting room
BC station



#1 Gun Position


Looking north at the gun position.
July 2005
The central battery structure is visible behind the gun position.
July 2005
Detail of the gun tube on display.
July 2005
The #1 gun tube.
July 2005
The runway from the gun position to the magazines.
July 2005
The gun position seen from the top of the battery.
July 2005
Looking north at the rear of the battery.
July 2005
The #1 entrance to the central battery structure.
July 2005



#2 Gun Position


The gun position seen from the top of the battery.
July 2005
Looking southwest at the gun position.
August 2005
Much of the destroyed gun carriage remains.
July 2005
Detail of the gun carriage.
July 2005
Detail of the traversing mechanism.
August 2005
Parts of the breechblock remain near the carriage.
August 2005
Part of the carriage was blown several hundred feet away when the guns were destroyed.
August 2005
Part of the gun tube, now some distance down hill from the gun position.
July 2005
Most of the #2 gun tube is on display.
July 2005
The #2 entrance to the central battery structure.
August 2005



EBC Station
The small fire control station EBC 6 (possibly for Emergency Battery Command 6) was located atop the battery structure. The station has half-height concrete walls, and historical photographs show wooden upper walls and roof.


Looking north at the station.
July 2005
Looking south at the station.
July 2005







Documents
Form 1May 1, 1944
Form 7, page 1May 1, 1944
Form 7, page 2May 1944
Form 7, page 3May 1944
Form 7, page 4May 1944
Form 2, EBC 6 stationMay 1, 1944
Plan, EBC 6 station   Note: highly inaccurateSeptember 1, 1945
Detail map of area.September 1944
Fire Control Chart.October 1944
Detailed plan of similar battery
Note: modified from the original
June 12, 1945
Note: The form 7s include several inaccuracies.



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