Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Color Photos of World War II Part 9: Planes


Seafire fighters Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
Seafire (modified Supermarine Spitfire) fighters on an unidentified Royal Navy carrier circa 1942.

Here we have color pictures of World War II aircraft. As always, these are checked for authenticity - they usually are colorized, but the original black-and-white photograph is authentic from the World War II timeframe.

Macchi 200 Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
A USAAF officer of the 57th Fighter Group with an Italian Macchi 200 or Macchi 205 wreck in North Africa. Life magazine photos are among the few original color pictures from World War II because it was one of the few publications that published in color (Hart Preston).

As always in this series, there are no guarantees that any of these are original color photographs. As long as the photographs appear to be from the World War II timeframe (broadly speaking), colorization is accepted. At least a few of the photographs on this particular page, however, do appear to be original color photographs.

P-51 Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
North American P-51 Mustangs (Source: US Air Force). This may be a post-war photograph because the P-51 remained in service into the 1950s, but it's a classic shot from the general time period.

If you like these color photos, you may wish to check out my other pages of color photos of World War II.

You may find more color photos of World War II on page 1 and page 2 and page 3 and page 4 of and page 5 and page 6 and page 7 and page 8 of this series.

Junkers Ju-52 Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
Wrecked Luftwaffe Junkers Ju-52 transport and perhaps part of a Junkers Ju-88 during the latter stages of the Tunisia campaign, El Guettar, April 1943.

Avro Lancaster Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
The crew of an RAF Avro Lancaster bomber either preparing for a mission or returning from one.

Bf-109K Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
Bf 109 K-4 W.Nr. 332 579 "Schwarze 15" 14./JG. 53, shown after capture at Schleissheim, 1945.

B-17 nose turret Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
Looking out of the nose turret of a B-17 during World War II. There is a great scene of looking out such a turret in "The Best Days of Our Lives" (1946).

Bf-110 Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
Messerschmitt Bf 110 C-5 "L2+MR" of 7.(H)/LG 2 in Russia during spring of 1942, probably at Stalino airfield in southern Russia.

Disney nose art Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
Some colorful Disney nose art on a US bomber. "Command Decision," incidentally, was the name of a 1947 Broadway play made into a 1948 film starring US Army Air Force Major Clark Gable (DFC, ret.) of the 351st Bomb Group (Heavy). It was about tough decisions made by the USAAF during World War II.

Focke-Wulf Fw-190 squadron Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
This appears to be an original color photograph of Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-5/U3s. This is 6.Staffel / II.Gruppe / Schlachtgeschwader 1 (SG 1), January 1943. These ground attack fighters are brand new, do not have all their markings and sit on the runway at Deblin-Irema, Poland, perhaps as a stopping point on their way further east (this photo is featured in  "Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Owner's Workshop Manual" by Graeme Douglas).

Focke-Wulf Fw-190 Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
This appears to be another view of the squadron of new Focke Wulf Fw 190 fighters pictured above. The ground crews are busy painting them and putting on other finishing touches. 

Supermarine Seafire Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
 Visible are a Seafire, F4F Wildcat, F4F Martlet, Hawker Hurricane, and perhaps some other planes. Incidentally, different people identify these planes differently, but those are the planes I believe they are.

SBC Hell Diver Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
SBC Hell Diver dive bomber preparing for launch on the deck of USS Enterprise off the Hawaiian Islands, spring 1941 (Carl Mydans for Life).

Crashed Japanese Zero fighter Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
A Japanese "Zero" found on Munda, New Georgia.

Arado Ar-196 Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
Arado Ar-196-A2 floatplane.

Grumman F4F Wildcat and Douglas SBD Dauntless on USS Wasp, Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
Grumman F4F Wildcat and Douglas SBD Dauntless on USS Wasp, 1942.

Soviet P-63 Kingcobra Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
P-63 Kingcobra lend-lease fighters destined for the Soviet Union.

Luftwaffe Junkers Ju-87 Stuka dive bomber Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
Luftwaffe Junkers Ju-87 Stuka dive bomber flying over Greece, 1941.

Luftwaffe Dornier Do 17z bombers Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
Luftwaffe Dornier Do 17z bombers flying over the Netherlands, May 1940.

P-51D Mustangs Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
P-51D Mustangs of the 4th Fighter Squadron in flight, Italy, 1944.

Fock-Wulf Fw-200C "Condor" Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
Fock-Wulf Fw-200C "Condor."

Luftwaffe Heinkel He-115 seaplane Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
Luftwaffe Heinkel He-115 seaplane.

P-51B of the 354th Fighter Squadron Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
‘The Iowa Beaut,’ a P-51B of the 354th Fighter Squadron flies over the English countryside with pilot Lt Robert E Hulderman, mid-1944. A different pilot in this plane was lost near Rechtenbach, Germany, September 11, 1944.

Focke-Wulf Fw 189 Uhu Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
A Luftwaffe Focke-Wulf Fw 189 Uhu ("Eagle Owl") observation plane.

View from the control tower at Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, England, Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
View from the control tower at Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, England, UK, of P-51D Mustangs of the 360th Fighter Squadron in sandbag revetments, sometime in 1944.

Italian Regia Aeronautica Macchi MC-202 fighter, Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
Italian Regia Aeronautica Macchi MC-202 fighter, operating out of an olive grove.

Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5 fighters, Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5 fighters, of Fighter Squadron JG-54, 1943.

Lockheed Hudson Mk VI (AE626) Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
A Royal Air Force Lockheed Hudson Mk VI (AE626) of the Middle East Communications Flight flying over the Egyptian pyramids, 1942.

Luftwaffe Me-262 "Sturmvogel" (Storm Bird) fighter-bomber, Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
Luftwaffe Me-262 "Sturmvogel" (Storm Bird) fighter-bomber, 1944-45.

Tatinskaya airfield, near Stalingrad, 1942, Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
Luftwaffe pilots participating in a macabre ceremony at Tatinskaya airfield, near Stalingrad, 1942.

World War II RAF Kittyhawk fighter plane, Planes in color worldwartwo.filminspector.com
World War II RAF Kittyhawk fighter plane, landed in the Egyptian desert. The pilot was never found and the plane wasn't for over 60 years. 

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