Just to make sure I understand…
You still need a transport to go from the Aleutians to mainland Alaska?
Yes you do. They are islands. Just like you need a transport from Cylon to India (Calcutta).
It is the same distance with even more favorable weather.
I don’t think so
What is your reasoning for your thought? Besides what is perceived as closeness due to the way the map was made.
Plus during this time, 1940 to 1945, there were even less roads and infrastructure available. Much less than other areas of the world. In fact we are still limited on infrastructure. Bridge to Nowhere that was brought up in the last presidential election ring any bells? People do not understand just how remote it is up here.
In fact all the cities going towards the Aleutian Islands on the Aleutian Peninsula still do not have roads connecting them today. It was even worse in 1940.
In fact it takes the Alaska Marine Highway a three week turn just to get out to Unalaska (which is close to Dutch Harbor which was the only real base on the ALeutians during WWII). THis is in modern day where ships travel about 3 to 5 knots faster at cruise speed.