S/Sgt Brush poses with K-20 camera at waist window of B-17.
When many of us think of photos from World War II, we think of black-and-white images. After all, most of the iconic photographs from the war, like those capturing D-Day or the flag raising on Iwo Jima, are in that medium. But actually, with the development of Kodachrome in 1935, color photography had slowly been becoming more popular and available leading up to the war. It was still quicker and easier to shoot and develop black-and-white photos, though, which is why the majority of photos from the war aren’t in color. But an ever-growing number of war photographers began using color film to capture the people, places, and events of the World War II, giving us a chance, today, to see the war how those who lived through it did—in living color.
Fold3’s WWII US Air Force Photos collection includes some of these color images. A handful of photographs of American servicemen in England have been included below, but Fold3’s collection also includes color photos from US operations in Germany, France, Panama, and China. The original captions have been provided.
Tech supply men unpack fibre auxiliary fuel tanks. They are, left to right: S/Sgt Robert G. Keich of Romaque, Penna.; Cpl Howard Middlemas of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Sgt Michael H. Moran of McKeasport, Penna.
Lead Pilot in 8th Air Force giving bombardiers “pointers” on landmarks.
Typical pilots, navigators, bombardiers, gunners and radio operators at an 8th Air Force base somewhere in England.
MSgt Bingham watches Sgt Pilla paint another bomb on the side of Boeing B-17 “Idiot’s Delight,” of the 8th Air Force.
A Republic P-47 crew chief SSgt Robert H. McChord of Nashville, assisting pilot 2nd Lt. Alvin Juchheim of Grenada, Miss., prior to take off from an 8th Air Force Base in England.
Lt. George D. Green, Whittier, Calif., P-51 pilot of the 8th Air Force in England.
Boeing B-17s of the 8th Air Force in practice formation over England.
Capt Don S. Gentile at the officer’s club at a base somewhere in England.
Find many more color photographs from the war in Fold3’s WWII US Air Force Photos collection.