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    Pagan Island  Mariana Islands

History
Lat 18.10°N Long 145.76°E. Pagan Island is located in the Northern Mariana Islands chain, approximately 320 kilometers north of Saipan.

Wartime History
Prewar, this island was Spanish territory (governed from Guam). Next, part of the German colonial administration. After World War I, the island went to the Japanese by League of Nations mandate. Developed into a Japanese base.

At the very end of the war, it was attacked by US forces looking for a radio site reportedly reporting B-29 flights. None were found, but there was one accidental US casualty on the island.

On September 2, 1945 USS Rhind DD-404 arrives at the island with Commodore Vernon F. Grant who accepts the surrender of the Japanese garrison on Pagan.

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

Today
After World War II, Pagan remained part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands until granted U.S. Commonwealth status. Today it is part of the Northern Islands Municipality. A 1981 volcano eruption caused the evacuation of all inhabitants. The last U.S. census of 2000 listed no residents.

Pagan Airfield
Japanese built airfield, still in use today for light aircraft.

F6F Hellcat Bureau Number 42135
Pilot Bechtol crashed June 23, 1944 (MIA)

F6F Hellcat Bureau Number 42117
Pilot Stream crashed June 23, 1944 (rescued)

References
Pagan Island (Japanese)

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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