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    Pagan Airfield  Marianas

Location
Pagan Airfield is located on the west coast of Pagan Island.

Construction
Built by the Japanese and used during the Pacific War.

American missions against Pagan
June 23, 1944 - July 24, 1945

Today
Still in use today for light aircraft.

Taylor McKinnon visited in 1968:
"In 1968 , as I recall, I was sent to the 79th Air Rescue Squadron on Guam as the Engineering officer for the squadron (aircraft chief of maintenance). While there we got a call from the amertuer radio on Pagan Island that A Peace Corps worker girl was down with Appendicitus. We were dispatched on a C-130H to go there and recover her. We first flew to Saipan and refueled, then flew to Pagan. The runway was only about 3,000' long with the surroundings over grown by jungle. We landed succesfully, and while the rest of the crew were recovering the girl, I took my camera to the edge of the field, where I had seen a number of Japanese airplanes in bad shape and over grown by jungle. When I was there, the only structures remaining were solid steel reinforced block houses containing one cylinder power plant engines, and radio gear. Guess we never found them. The engines drove electric genarators, which probably produced power for the hospital, base ops, and the radios. About 1973 a volcano exploded on Pagan and lava wiped out the village."

A6M5 Model 52 Zero
Abandoned at the airfield

G3M2 Nell
Abandoned at the airfield

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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