Hi fellow RCUniverse members! I’m back with something completely different than my normal articles and reviews. While not RC, the photos are a window into the past.
These WWII black and white photos were researched and colorized in detail by Doug and other artists from the ‘Colourise history Group.’ These were shared to me by a fellow RCUniverse reviewer, Jerry ‘Tailskid’ Festa. I’m glad he did – it’s an awesome collection of history brought up to date, and I think the photos are absolutely stunning!
Take a look below at these photos and their captions. Neither RCUniverse.com nor I own any of the images, and the captions are as I received them. Enjoy the photos, and look back at a very different time in our World’s history. Some of the photos look a little different compared to the photos of today – It’s one of the bi-products of adding color to the black and white photos.
While none of the photos has any blood or injuries, be warned that there are swastikas and other time period items in the photos that may cause concern for some people. I’m not saying don’t look, I’m just telling you that there are images that are different than something you might see today.
A Supermarine Spitfire Vc ‘Tropical’ JK707 MX-P serving with 307th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Group operated by 12th USAAF. The regular pilot was Error! Filename not specified.Error! Filename not specified.Error! Filename not specified. 1st Lt. Carroll A. Prybylo, but when lost it was flown by Capt. Virgil Cephus Fields, Jr. (Source – US Navy, via Library of Congress. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
A Finnish soldier practices maneuvers in the winter snow at a military dog training school during the Finnish-Soviet Continuation War. Hämeenlinna, Finland. February 1941. (Source – SA-kuva. Colorized by Jared Enos)
Focke Wulf FW-190A6 No20 of 4./Jagdgeschwader 54 (JG 54) on the airfield at Immola in Finland. 2nd of July 1944. (Source – SA-kuva. Colorized by Jared Enos)
A Chinese Nationalist soldier guards a row of Curtiss P-40 ‘Warhawks’ flown by the ‘Flying Tigers’ of the American Volunteer Group (AVG). July, 1942. (Source – National Archives and Records Administration – 535531. Colorized by Tom Thounaojam from India)
A crew member cleaning the barrel of an Sd.Kfz. 251/9 – Schützenpanzerwagen (7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24) “Stummel” on the East Front, c. Summer 1942. (Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)
The crew member exposing himself on the battlefield must have drawn the short straw. (:-)
Boeing B-29 Superfortress 42-24592 “Dauntless Dotty” 869th Bomb Squadron, 497th Bomb Group, 73rd Bomb Wing, 20th Air Force. 24th of November 1944. (Source ‘Life’ Magazine. Colorized by Leo Courvoisier from Argentina)
Later on “29s” would nuke Japan saving millions of lives as we would not have to invade the Jap homeland.
Soviet Air Force officers, Rufina Gasheva (848 night combat missions) and Nataly Meklin (980 night combat missions) decorated as ‘Heroes of the Soviet Union’ for their service with the famed ‘Night Witches’ unit during World War II. They stand in front of their Polikarpov Po-2 biplanes. (Colourisation and research by Olga Shirnina from Russia)
A Kriegsberichter (war correspondent) holding an Arriflex 35 2 1942 camera 35mm ACR 0292 and he is leaning against a knocked out Soviet BT-5 light tank. c.1940/41. (Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)
Squadron Leader J.A.F. MacLachlan, the one-armed Commanding Officer of No 1 Squadron RAF, standing beside his all-black Hawker Hurricane Mark IIC night fighter, ‘JX-Q’, at Tangmere in West Sussex, England. (Source – Royal Air Force official photographer Woodbine G (Mr) © IWM CH 4015. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
US Air Force pilot 2nd Lieutenant Robert Wade Biesecker with his crew of the 569th Bombardment Squadron, 390th Bomb Group, US Eighth Air Force, standing by ‘Honey Chile’, their B-17 Flying Fortress bomber (serial 42-31027), at RAF Framlingham, a US Eighth Air Force Bomber Command station in England, 18 October 1943. (Photographer: M. McNeil, for Fox Photos. Images courtesy of the Hulton Archive/ Getty Images. Colorized and researched by Benjamin Thomas from Australia)
F/L J. F. Thomas and the crew of Avro Lancaster Bomber ‘B’ MkI ‘Victorious Virgin’ RF128 QB-V of RCAF 424 Squadron “Tiger” Squadron on the 21st of March 1945. (probably taken at the Skipton-on-Swale, North Yorkshire airfield). (Colorized by Tom Thounaojam from India)
T/5 William E. Thomas and Pfc. Joseph Jackson prepare a gift of special “Easter Eggs” for Adolf Hitler and the German Army. Scrawling such messages on artillery shells in World War II was one way in which artillery soldiers could humorously express their dislike of the enemy. Easter Saturday, March the 10th 1945, during the Battle of Remagen. (The photographer 1st Lt John D. Moore of the Signal Corps. Source – US National Archives 111-SC-202330. Colorized by Johhny Sirlande from Belgium)
A paratrooper from the American 17th Airborne Division gets a light from a Churchill tank crewman of 6th Guards Armoured Brigade near Dorsten in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, 29th of March 1945. (Source – No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit – © IWM BU 2738. Photographer – Sgt.Midgley. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
A broken down and deserted Soviet T-35 heavy tank of the 8th Mechanised Corps. On the Dubno – Plycza highway, Rivne Oblast (province) of western Ukraine. June/July 1941. (Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)
Troops of the 17th U.S. Airborne Division, First Allied Airborne Army, march past a blazing building in Appelhülsen, Germany, as they advance toward the city of Münster, nine miles to the northeast. First Allied Airborne Army troops had landed east of the Rhine river on March 24th 1945. (Colorized by Doug)
Flying Officer Leonard Haines of No. 19 Squadron RAF sits by the cockpit of his Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia (QV-?) at Fowlmere, near Duxford. September 1940. (Photo Source – © IWM CH 1373. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
‘Dog Beach Patrol’, (possibly on Parramore Beach, Virginia, US. October 1943). (Source – United States Coast Guard – Photo No.726. Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)
An Allied Soldier takes a break during the approach to Tripoli, Libya beside a swastika and the words ‘Heil Hitler’ that have been carved into a rocky hillside during January 1943. (Source – © IWM E 21788. Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)
The crew of Avro Lancaster “C for Charlie” of No. 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron RAF, try to warm themselves in their Nissen hut quarters at Dunholme Lodge, Lincolnshire, England, after returning from a raid on Stuttgart, 2nd of March 1944. (Source – © IWM (CH 12379. Colorized by Paul Edwards)
United States Marines climbing down the nets into landing craft during the Battle of Peleliu, September-November 1944. (Photographer: Griffin Image courtesy of the United States Marine Corps History Division, Peleliu 117058. Colorized and researched by Benjamin Thomas from Australia)
Girls working on shell caps in a munitions factory, somewhere in England. 25th of May 1940. (Source – Gettys Images – Photographer, Paul Popper. Colorized by John Gulizia from America)
Medics of the US. 5th Infantry Division examining GI clothing found with German-captured equipment after the liberation of the area, near Diekirch in Luxembourg on the 20th of January 1945. (Source – SC-327129 Signal Corps Photo ETO-HQ-45-9223 -Horton. Colorized by Joey Van Meesen from the Netherlands)
A Finnish Brewster Buffalo 239 fighter (BW-352) of (Squadron) Lentolaivue/24 at Selänpää airfield. 24th June 1941. (Source – SA-Kuva. Colorized by Tommi Rossi from Finland)
Three troopers of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division taking a break after 5 days frontline fighting. From left to right : Pvt William H. Sandy (ASN 13032007) from Charlottesville, VA, Sgt Dehaven Nowlin (ASN 15046241) from Goshen, KY and Pvt Howard Fredericks (ASN 39241668) from Los Angeles, CA., near Essen (Germany) 10th of April 1945. (Source – US Army Signal Corps – TFH collection Photographer – Sgt T. J. Austin (Signal Corps). Colorized by Joshua Barrett from the UK)
Veronica Foster, (b.1922 – d.2000) popularly known as “Ronnie, the Bren Gun Girl”, was a Canadian icon representing nearly one million Canadian women who worked in the manufacturing plants that produced munitions and materiel during World War II. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
An American Marine aiming his Garand M1 rifle, whilst perched on Japanese ammunition crates on the Island of Iwo Jima, c. February/March 1945. (Colourised by Royston Leonard from the UK)
Royal Marines from 45 (RM) Commando, 1st Commando Brigade on the look-out for snipers among the ruins in Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, Germany. 4th of April 1945. (Source – IWM BU 3057. Photographer – Sgt.Laws No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit. Colorized by Doug)
Soviet artillerymen transporting a 76-mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3) during the forced crossing of the Oder River, Germany, c. December, 1944. (Photograph by Dmitri Baltermants. Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK)
Marine Pfc Douglas Lightheart (right) cradles his 30 caliber M1919 Browning machine gun in his lap, while he and Marine Pfc. Gerald Thursby Sr. take a cigarette break, during mopping up operations on Peleliu on 14th September 1944. (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
A British Crusader tank passes a burning German Panzer IV tank during ‘Operation Crusader’. Cyrenaica (the eastern province of Libya). Winter 1941. (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
The strain and fatigue of 23 days on the line is shown by Marines of Combat Team ‘C’, 2/7th US Marines, 1st Marine Division seen here displaying Japanese battle flags captured during the Battle of Cape Gloucester. 14-15th January 1944. (Source USMC 71602. Colorized by Doug)
“Lucky Strike” c. 1944. The United States was the only country to equip its troops with an auto-loading rifle as the standard infantry weapon of WWII. It gave their troops a tremendous advantage in firepower, and led General George Patton to call the M1 Garand, “The greatest battle implement ever devised.” (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
The Garand replaced our infantry’s bolt-action weapons in 1937. The term auto-loading confused me at first. I think the more common term is semi-automatic..fires a round as fast as you can pull the trigger.
Crew members of No537 Soviet IS-2 tank of the 87th Guards Heavy Tank Regiment take a break in Breslau (now Wroc³aw in Poland) 27th April 1945. (Photographer – Anatoli Egorov. Colorized by Jiøí Macháèek from the Czech republic)
US troops from Combat Command B of the U.S. 14th Armored Division entering the Hammelburg Prison in Germany by opening the main gate with bursts of their M3 “Grease Guns”. Hammelburg, Germany. April 6, 1945. (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
A US Marine wearing his camouflage suit fires a Thompson sub-machine gun during Jungle Training – 1942. (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
Australian soldiers mingle with a section of the crowd gathered in Martin Place during the Victory in the Pacific celebrations, Sydney, 15 August 1945. (Colorized and researched by Benjamin Thomas from Australia)
British Prisoners of War celebrate their liberation from Stalag X1B, 16th April 1945. (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
Two German members of the Organisation Todt (involved in the construction of the Atlantic Wall) are sitting on the Spitfire brought down on the wet sands at Calais by Flying Officer Peter Cazenove. It had been hit by a single bullet from a German Dornier bomber. The plane was consumed by the sandy beach and remained there for 40 years. It has since been recovered and is undergoing restoration in Britain. (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
Downed by a single bullet. Wonder where it hit to bring down the plane…no doubt hit the poor pilot!
A Sergeant of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps bandages the wounded ear of a mine-detection Labrador dog named ‘Jasper’ at Bayeux in Normandy, 5th of July 1944. (Source © IWM B 6496 – Sgt. Christie , No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit. Colorized by Royston Leonard UK