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WWII in color: Rare photos from 1942 show Flying Fortress
MailOnLine ^ | 03/19/13 | Snejana Farberov

Posted on 03/19/2013 5:44:56 PM PDT by Doogle

Millions of poignant black-and-white photos have come out of the World War Two era, but it is not often that scenes from the deadliest conflict in human history can be seen in living color.

In 1942, LIFE Magazine sent Margaret Bourke-White, one of its four original staff photographers and the first female photojournalist accredited to cover WWII, to take pictures of the VIII Bomber Command, commonly known as the Eighth Air Force or The Mighty 8th.

The photographs, executed in brilliant hues that make them look almost like oil paintings, put on full display the massive American B-24s and B-17s - or Flying Fortresses - that rained terror on Nazi-control cities often in tandem with the Royal Air Force.

In the early stages of the war, the Eighth Air Force and the bombers under its command were praised for the 'fantastic accuracy' of the attacks.

But as the conflict dragged on, the Flying Fortresses and their crews would face heavy loses, the most dramatic of which came in October 1943 when 60 bombers were destroyed and 600 pilots perished in a single raid in Germany.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: aerospace; eighthairforce; godsgravesglyphs; margaretbourkewhite; mighty8th; photo; viiibombercommand; worldwareleven; wwii
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...the photos are excellent for the era. Enjoy
1 posted on 03/19/2013 5:44:56 PM PDT by Doogle
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To: Chode

ping


2 posted on 03/19/2013 5:45:14 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

Stunning images.


3 posted on 03/19/2013 5:50:41 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Doogle
slopping editing....losses were 60 planes, 600 aircrew, NOT 600 pilots.."
4 posted on 03/19/2013 5:51:10 PM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: ken5050

I caught that right away too...


5 posted on 03/19/2013 5:51:54 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

Outstanding photos. Thanks!


6 posted on 03/19/2013 5:53:56 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Doogle

That was when the were Army, they were in the blood and guts business then.


7 posted on 03/19/2013 5:54:24 PM PDT by ansel12 (" I would not be in the United States Senate if it wasnÂ’t for Sarah Palin " Cruz said.)
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To: Doogle

Amazing quality, almost as if they were taken today!


8 posted on 03/19/2013 5:55:21 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: TADSLOS
There are amazingly accurate records of the 8th USAAF available on-line..logs of every mission flown, and the results, including losses.

It would take a research assistant probably 15 minutes to find out what ultimately happened to every plane in the first 6 pictures in the story, and would have made a good article memorable.

9 posted on 03/19/2013 5:56:03 PM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: Doogle

Very cool.


10 posted on 03/19/2013 5:57:06 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Doogle

-——Eighth Air Force or The Mighty 8th.-——

I just got back from a vacation in South Carolina and the Mighty 8 th has a museum near Hilton Head....

They are reconditioning a Flying Fortess there...pretty cool place...

10 guys get into a bomber... Fly at sub zero temps... For hours at a time....Drop six - thousand pounds bombs over Germany all the while talking heavy flak....

Turn around go home.... If you make it....


11 posted on 03/19/2013 6:04:29 PM PDT by JZoback
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To: Doogle

Will always cherish my B-17 ride in 2007.

Another check on my bucket list.


12 posted on 03/19/2013 6:08:20 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Doogle

My dad spent nearly 4 years in England during the war. He flew C-47s. Shot down twice...first time was on D-Day..after he had dropped his paratroops..Bailed out, spent 3 days in the woods, until our troops caught up to him. He always said he would have been really pissed to have gotten killed by his own side..Second time was during Market Garden..he was able to crash land the plane in British held territory..


13 posted on 03/19/2013 6:09:20 PM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: JZoback

....had the opportunity to tour the bomber Nine-O-Nine this past summer when it was here local...did the tour. (climbed around inside)...and IT WAS TIGHT..*LOL*. Didn’t do the ride thing, but the tour was worth it. If you get the chance.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2kq28awJ-M


14 posted on 03/19/2013 6:13:54 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle
Gotta love that 'nose art!'


15 posted on 03/19/2013 6:14:27 PM PDT by 45semi (A police state is always preceded by a nanny state...)
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To: ken5050

here’s one...

http://www.91stbombgroup.com/crewphotos/91crewstart.html


16 posted on 03/19/2013 6:18:04 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

Am I the only one that sees the humor of the photo holding a Rolliflex - made in Germany - while standing on a B-17 getting ready to go and bomb...Germany?


17 posted on 03/19/2013 6:21:54 PM PDT by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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To: Doogle

Am I the only one that sees the humor of the photo holding a Rolliflex - made in Germany - while standing on a B-17 getting ready to go and bomb...Germany?


18 posted on 03/19/2013 6:22:01 PM PDT by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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To: ASOC

purchased probably before....*smiles*


19 posted on 03/19/2013 6:23:32 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

Great pics. Thanks.


20 posted on 03/19/2013 6:23:48 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: ASOC
I;m still trying to figure out how a B-17 “took part in the Warsaw uprising” as one caption claims.
21 posted on 03/19/2013 6:31:12 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Doogle

I think the B-17 was the prettiest bomber of the war. I also think the British Lancaster was probably the best including the B-29.

The Spitfire was the prettiest fighter tho the BF-109 and FW-190 were close. Also the P-40 had a good look to it. even the Zero looked nice.


22 posted on 03/19/2013 6:32:34 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: ASOC

That is funny. My dad landed on Utah Beach, and he drove Volkswagens the rest of his life.


23 posted on 03/19/2013 6:37:00 PM PDT by real saxophonist ("Always Progressing and Not Fitting Neatly in a Box"- Tosin Abasi)
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To: onedoug

ping


24 posted on 03/19/2013 6:38:17 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: Doogle
cool... i never understood why some were painted and some were not, was it a European vs Pacific theater thing???

and then, there were the Formation Ships...

yeah i know it's a B-24

25 posted on 03/19/2013 6:40:48 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

What in the world was up with those paint jobs?


27 posted on 03/19/2013 6:49:12 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: JZoback

10 guys get into a bomber... Fly at sub zero temps... For hours at a time....Drop six - thousand pounds bombs over Germany all the while talking heavy flak....

Turn around go home.... If you make it....
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
Do that 25 times and you MAY get to go home....

As a pre teen, I had some crazy notion of being a belly gunner in a Bomber...

Thought that would have been cool, but my Uncle (tin can sailor Pac) explained what the 1st target may be, where the pee settles, what happens when the landing gear won’t engage etc etc etc.

Being a quick learner and even at that young age having a bit of common sense, I figured the USMC was the ‘safe’ place for me to be.

He never was able to get me to ‘give up’ the Brooklyn Dodgers though, no matter how hard he tried <: <:...


28 posted on 03/19/2013 6:50:02 PM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 --I turn 75 next year- but remember, that's only 24 Celsius. (TKS R. Reagan))
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To: Doogle

Several years ago we boarded the B-17 “Liberty Belle” in Addison, Tx for a flight of a lifetime, but as it taxied down the runway the right outside engine began to spew plumes of white smoke and the bird began shaking...more so.. it’s a rough ride under the best of conditions. With us was an elderly gentleman, old enough to have been a WWII Vet, easily, and unmoved through it all. But not everyone was so stoic. Twin girls screaming, mother conforting them. Even I wondered if this was not such a great idea...(I wasn’t certain the pilot was aware of the problem)happily he aborted, turned around, and we deplaned and that was that. I have some pics around here somewhere and she was a real beauty.


29 posted on 03/19/2013 6:50:22 PM PDT by Dysart ( Democracy is the road to socialism-- Karl Marx)
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To: Dysart

began to spew plumes of white smoke
= = = = = = = = = = = = = =
Not to worry.

Obviously that meant a new Pope was selected.....


30 posted on 03/19/2013 6:52:27 PM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 --I turn 75 next year- but remember, that's only 24 Celsius. (TKS R. Reagan))
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To: Windflier

Agree ... that and the F4U Corsair


31 posted on 03/19/2013 6:54:26 PM PDT by crusadersoldier
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To: Doogle

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Doogle.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


32 posted on 03/19/2013 7:03:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Dysart

My family and I also had the honor to tour the liberty belle in Douglas Ga. A few months before she burned up. Got lots of pics and the kids loved it. We were all heartbroken when we learned what happened to her.


33 posted on 03/19/2013 7:03:45 PM PDT by Vote 4 Nixon (EAT...FISH...SLEEP...REDUX)
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To: Windflier
Formation Ships... when a group takes off, they have to form up, but with hundreds of planes in the air it was easier if each group had somebody easy to spot and form up on in the larger formation

each group had it's own color scheme

34 posted on 03/19/2013 7:06:39 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Vote 4 Nixon

I’m looking for my photos now. If I find them I’ll post some.


35 posted on 03/19/2013 7:11:47 PM PDT by Dysart ( Democracy is the road to socialism-- Karl Marx)
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To: JZoback

The Mighty 8th museum is awesome. Visited last year.


36 posted on 03/19/2013 7:14:28 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (No one expects the Sephardic Invitation!)
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To: Chode
cool... i never understood why some were painted and some were not, was it a European vs Pacific theater thing???

The USAAC went to camouflaged aircraft late in the war after determining that the massive number of bombers plus the high altitudes they flew at plus the ability to escort them for the entirety of their mission (thanks to the P-51) made paint unnecessary, while it still added weight, drag and cost. However there were some instances where the camouflage was reapplied due to sudden changes in the combat environment (some fighter and attack planes readopted cammo following Overlord when they deployed to forward airfields on the Continent, as an example)

The B-29 for instance started out wearing cammo when first deployed to China. Then switched quickly to unpainted natural metal for the high altitude daylight raids on Japan from the Marianas. When LeMay switched to low-altitude night raids, B-29s started having their undersides painted gloss black.

Now that's all a major oversimplification. All sorts of books have been written on WWII aircraft camouflage and there always seems to be a new quirk or angle jumping out from historical sources ...
37 posted on 03/19/2013 7:26:55 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: tanknetter

Duh, first sentence should read “uncamouflaged”


38 posted on 03/19/2013 7:29:13 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Chode

Makes sense. Thanks for the history lesson, Chode!


39 posted on 03/19/2013 7:31:17 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Dysart
Several years ago we boarded the B-17 “Liberty Belle” in Addison, Tx for a flight of a lifetime, but as it taxied down the runway the right outside engine began to spew plumes of white smoke and the bird began shaking... I have some pics around here somewhere and she was a real beauty.

Liberty Belle was destroyed in a fire a year or two back. From the first notice of smoke (while in the air) to the plane being on the ground (in a freshly-plowed field) and her crew and passengers deplaned was somewhere in the neighborhood of a minute or two.

Fire apparatus showed up in time to save her, but couldn't traverse the field to actually get to her. Absolutely heartbreaking.

She was a pretty special plane - sent to Pratt & Whitney as an engine testbed, had a massive engine (prop) installed in the nose that could maintain the aircraft in flight with the other four engines off and feathered. After being retired from P&W she went to the New England Air Museum, where she was heavily damaged during the 1979 Hartford tornado. She sat semi-crumpled for over 10 years (maybe close to 20) before she was bought and restored to flying condition.
40 posted on 03/19/2013 7:36:35 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: tanknetter
Yep, 2011, in Illinois. I wondered at the time if she had the same 2-man crew.
41 posted on 03/19/2013 7:41:49 PM PDT by Dysart ( Democracy is the road to socialism-- Karl Marx)
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To: tanknetter
thx...
42 posted on 03/19/2013 7:42:28 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Windflier
welcome
43 posted on 03/19/2013 7:42:47 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: ASOC

In those days, if you wanted a high quality photograph, you used a Rolleiflex or a Leica.


44 posted on 03/19/2013 8:02:59 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: yarddog
The Lancaster was lightly armed and had no match for the American bombsight. That's why it was used for night carpet bombings instead of precision daylight bombings as the B17 was.

The Brits did develop a tachimetric bombsight late in the war but the heavy lifting was always done by the Mighty Eighth. Simply superior equipment. Pretty, who the F knows or cares.

45 posted on 03/19/2013 8:05:35 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Doogle
... October 1943 when 60 bombers were destroyed and 600 pilots(sic) perished in a single raid in Germany.

This was the second raid on Schweinfurt, the center of the Reich's ball bearing industry. A crippling attack on the wheels of the Nazi war machine. After the war Albert Speer the Nazi supply genius, acknowledged that a rapid follow-up on this raid would have caused the Wehrmacht to grind to halt, ending the war in six weeks. Sadly there was no third raid on Schweinfurt.

46 posted on 03/19/2013 8:16:54 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Chode

....get your meds, your seeing dots....*smiles*


47 posted on 03/19/2013 8:19:29 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Windflier
Roger that. And amazingly, the B17 was the first American production bomber with a metal skin. The very dawn of the air era.
48 posted on 03/19/2013 8:20:06 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: ken5050

This isn’t a challenge to the accuracy of your statement about 8th Air Force records. Would you give me links? I would appreciate it. I have been looking for such records for a long time. I had a late cousin who was a top-turret gunner/flight engineer. I would like to track his missions.

I guess I’m not the online researcher some are.

Thank you.


49 posted on 03/19/2013 8:21:19 PM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: Doogle

I my opinion the B-17 was the coolest, most beautiful looking plane ever built.It represents righteous American might,’’ winged victory’’ if you will. Besides it had the large area around the nose on which to paint those Emilo Vargas- style of scantily clad babes with names like “Sack Time’’, “Shoo Shoo Baby’’ and my favorite “Miss Bea Haven’’. I have had the honor over the years of know a couple of vets who flew in B-17s serving in The Eighth Air Force. One was a pilot , another was a navigator and the third guy was a ball-turret gunner. They have all told me that they’re because they flew in a B-17. One of them told “You could be shot thorough with holes with one or two engines out and still she’d bring you home’’.


50 posted on 03/19/2013 8:23:14 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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