Battery Const. #403
Fort J. H. Smith, HD Kodiak
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The Coast Artillery took control of Battery Const. #403 on December 23, 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 design of the battery differs from others of this type in that it includes a lower level approximating the layout of the main floor. In addition to the two main entrances, a pair of ladder shafts provided access to the lower level. Army documents indicate that the lower level was used for storage and troop housing.

Upper level
Lower level
Plotting room
BC station



#1 Gun Position


Looking north at the battery.
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The #1 gun position, looking west.
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Detail of the #1 gun carriage remains.
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Looking east along the #1 runway.
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Detail of the traversing mechanism of the #1 gun.
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Gun tube segment near the #1 gun position.
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The #1 entrances, main level above and the lower level below. A ladder shaft is visible to the left of the upper entrance.
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Looking northwest at the #1 entrance.
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The top of the #1 ladder shaft.
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Looking down the #1 ladder shaft.
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#2 Gun Position


Looking south at the #2 gun position.
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The #2 gun position as seen from the BC station.
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Remains of the #2 carriage.
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The runway leading to the #2 gun position.
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Detail of breech portion, near the #2 gun position.
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A gun tube recovered from the battery is displayed at the Buskin River Inn.
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Looking east at the #2 entrances.
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The #2 entrances, main level at left, power room center, ladder shaft upper right and lower level bottom
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The #2 ladder shaft.
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Looking down the ladder shaft.
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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 7, page 5May 1944
Form 5 
Detail map of area.September 1944
Fire Control Chart.September 1944
Detailed plan of similar battery
Note: modified from the original
June 12, 1945
Note: The form 7s include many inaccuracies.



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