WWII Vet Recounts Monster Sighting In Japanese Islands.

Ropen? Pteradactyl?

“Duane Hodgkinson, now a flight instructor in Livingston, Montana, in 1944 was stationed near Finschhafen, in what was then called New Guinea. After he and his buddy walked into a clearing, they were amazed as a large creature flew up into the air. The men soon realized that it was no bird that started to circle the clearing. It had a tail “at least ten to fifteen feet long,” (book Searching for Ropens, 2007) and a long appendage at the back of its head: apparently, a live pterosaur.

Jonathan Whitcomb, a forensic videographer, interviewed Hodgkinson, in 2004, and found his testimony credible. In 2005, Garth Guessman, another experienced ropen investigator, video-taped his own interview with Hodgkinson and the session was analyzed by Whitcomb, who became even more convinced the World War II veteran was telling the truth: The man had seen a ropen.


In late 2006, Paul Nation, of Texas, explored a remote mountainous area on the mainland of Papua New Guinea. He videotaped two lights that the local natives called “indava.” Nation believed the lights were from the bioluminescence of creatures similar to the ropen of Umboi Island. The video was analyzed by a missile defense physicist who reported that the two lights on the video were not from any fires, meteors, airplanes or camera artifacts. He also reported that the image of the two lights was authentic and was not manipulated or hoaxed.

In 2007, cryptid investigator Joshua Gates went to Papua New Guinea in search of the Ropen for his TV show Destination Truth. He and his team also witnessed strange lights at night and could not confirm what they were.

In 2009, the television show Monster Quest conducted an expedition in search of the “demon flyer” but found no evidence of the creature. Later, they had a forensic video analyst examine the Paul Nation video. The analyst could not definitely conclude what was causing the lights, but ruled out vehicles and campfires believing the footage was of a pair of bioluminescent creatures perched in a tree that later take flight.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ropen


2 thoughts on “WWII Vet Recounts Monster Sighting In Japanese Islands.”

  1. It is true that I found Duane Hodgkinson’s testimony to be very convincing; he would have made a strong presence in court (I am a forensic videographer, having worked on many legal video projects with a number of attorneys, over the years).

    Hodgkinson is one of many credible eyewitnesses who report similar characteristics of the flying creatures. Look into the U.S. Marine Eskin Kuhn; I interviewed him by telephone, early in 2010, and found his testimony to be highly credible as well. What many eyewitnesses report is a large featherless flying creature with a long tail. These features are common from those of many countries, cultures, and languages. That adds up to real creatures with features similar to those described. Very unlike any bird or any bat.

  2. While yes, in 1944 New Guinea had been part of the “Greater Asian Prosperity Sphere”, but is definitly not a Japanese Island, as you state in the title. Is is part of the Indonesian Island chain, with part of the flora and fauna being from the Australian continent ecosphere.

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