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Pagan Island, NMI (uninhabited 2002) - Japanese WWII long-range bomber (Mitsubishi G3M), Lava flow in background.

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Comments (13)

Pogromca_kiszek on December 29, 2007

That does look like part of a movie play set.

Amazing shot.

entropydjinn on June 7, 2008

An amazingly evocative shot. Much pathos and possibly a lesson about our place on the planet.

nmth on February 24, 2009

Hi! It's really amazing shoot! The history rising here...

Captain Jack III on June 10, 2009


Most interesting. I have just completed a novel based on the life of a Japanese ace who was stranded on an island from 1943-1991. I am looking for photos to illustrate the ghostly wrecks. Would it be possible to use some of your shots?

Regards, Jack Landree

PacificWrecks on September 14, 2009

Here are details on that aircraft wreck, it is another type

Rodger, please email me if you would allow your photo to be added to the page on it, credited to you and the date of your photo.

Justin at Pacific Wrecks

cmarks175 on October 30, 2009

Rodger- I just found some 1944 photos of an airstrike on Pagan by planes from the USS Langley. Many terrain features are clearly visible. I'm waiting to have them "reviewed" for posting. can email photos if you want to see them now. Chris Marks

Aman Sodhi on March 8, 2010

This is absolutely amazing and possibly the most amazing picture I have ever seen!

Joseph Nowak on March 31, 2010

The island WAS inhabited in the early 1970's. The village was just north of the airstrip. I volunteered to fly there in 1971 from the Fleet Air Photographic Laboratory at the Naval Air Station, Agana Guam to provide photographic coverage of the recovery of an HU-16 Albatross seaplane that crashed on the island a few days before. I had to take photos of the plane being dismantled and being transported to the beach to be loaded on a barge for transport back to Guam. At that time there were around 50 people who lived on the island with a constable, mayor, governor, witch doctor (joking! He was a real doctor) all in one man! At the time, Pagan Island was known for its black sand beaches. The island was advertised on KUAM television (Guam)as a place for day tripping! I still have slides of that interesting adventure that I took with MY camera. Oh, by the way, I'm still a professional photographer... a civilian one now of course

vicb on May 31, 2010

My son lives in Guam and has indicated that Pagan is scheduled to be one of the islands used for military training (basically, to be blown up by the US military). He has done camping trips to the island, and I've seen some amazing photography. Pagan has more WWII history than many of the other islands in the area. It's unfortunate that it is being considered to be used for this purpose.

cmarks175 on March 27, 2012

I have a June 1944 picture taken during an airstrike on Pagan. I believe it shows this exact plane. The location matches and the tilt of the plane is the same.

Paganknight on May 3, 2012


The Mayor of Northern Island has not sign any agreement/contract with the US military regarding training excercises. There are still people residing on the island right now so what you hear about the military using the island as a target site is not true...believe me i am a member of UNIA.....PAGAN WATCH.

utimo on April 19, 2014

It's now 2014 and for sure Pagan Island is a hot issue for Military use. Update your Pagan watch membership, Paganknight

casayoya on March 25, 2015

uau un pedacito de historia

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