Japanese invasion of Vigan

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Japanese invasion of Vigan
Part of Philippines Campaign (1941–42), Pacific War
A map of Luzon Island showing Japanese landings and advances from 8 December 1941 to 8 January 1942.
Date 10 December 1941
Location Vigan, Philippines
Result Japanese victory
 Empire of Japan

 United States

The Japanese began their invasion of the Philippines on 8 December 1941, starting with Batan Island. After claiming the small island, they used its airstrip as a small airbase, to help launch attacks on other islands of the Philippines.

The Invasion[edit]

Vigan was invaded on 10 December 1941, at the same time as Aparri and Camiguin Island. There was a small attack by the US Air Force against the Japanese carriers and transports, damaging the transports Oigawa Maru and Takao Maru, which were beached to prevent sinking. The minesweeper W-10 was also sunk. There were also injuries aboard other ships. Bad weather hampered the landings and only a portion of the crew was able to land on the island.[1]


  1. ^ "The First Landings". Retrieved 18 March 2014.