Pacific Plane Wrecks, Amazing pictures of Abandoned WWII planes

The Pacific Islands are still littered with plane wrecks from the fighting there. Planes that crash landed on remote locations or sunken in the lagoons around the island can still be visited today.

We have selected a number of the best pictures we could find:

5347536851_92772f447e_bWreck on New Britain / Marc Tarlock

2540483543_a3f7d2e5ae_bA World War II plane wreck slowly decomposes in the Papa New Guinean jungle / Taro Taylor

7589364020_2967f8f46f_hZero fighter Mariana Islands, Pagan Island / Taro

5216515309_6988eca3d2_bOn the island of Pagan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Remnants of a Japanese bomber besides the old airfield. / Michael Lusk

4018251193_8f53715ec2_bCorsair Fighter Plane / Matt Kieffer

5348146214_2a722f5e5f_bB-25 Bomber on New Britain / Marc Tarlock

198528753_a7fd1b270e_oJapanese airplane remains on Rabaul – Papua New Guinea / Lord Marmalade

384603754_546c2d698e_oRemains of an amphibious plane on Howland Island (Pacific) taken during a radio amateur expedition in Feb 1993 / Peter Casler

4019979464_068f773d6c_bMitsubishi G4M bomber / Matt Kieffer

4789904038_81ca14b47a_bThe wreckage of this Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero had been on the island of Ni’ihau since December 7, 1941, / Wally Gobetz

2543647080_0bf424774c_bThe remains of a Japanese Zero on Peleliu / Greg Sampson

2542926445_45e1bbfab6_bThe same Zero, from a different angle / Greg Sampson

10236670824_788e0c8f0a_kRemains of a Mitsubishi A6M Zero left in Yap in 1945. The landing gear struts’ stainless steel rods (not shown) held up better than most parts. / stevenson_john


10236789815_92d2d68e4d_kAnother Mitsubishi A6M Zero, left in Yap in 1945 / stevenson_john

5006741295_e0f2445b3a_bWWII Japanese Aichi E13A Navy Type 0 Fighter Seaplane / Syn

2347905454_61ee162904_bJake Sea Plane / LuxTonnerre


SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAJapanese fighter Mark Kenworthy

5171382498_2447222cd8_bRichard Johnson

5171380860_3d33d33410_bRichard Johnson

5170777671_68c485bf1d_bOriginally spotted in 1994 by a local fisherman, from the surface. / Richard Johnson

8073754494_fbb8842642_kSolomon Islands Papua New Guinea / Stefan Krasowski

8073754202_b58772bd8c_kSolomon Islands Papua New Guinea / Stefan Krasowski

Joris Nieuwint

Joris Nieuwint is a battlefield guide for the Operation Market Garden area. His primary focus is on the Allied operations from September 17th, 1944 onwards. Having lived in the Market Garden area for 25 years, he has been studying the events for nearly as long. He has a deep understanding of the history and a passion for sharing the stories of the men who are no longer with us.