This impressive collection of color photographs gives an idea of what life on airplanes really was like during World War II.
The collection includes images of the RAF Lancaster bombers, which helped win the war in Britain, as well as the Luftwaffe Messerschmitts, which launched its terror campaign against England during the bombing.
The images have now been restored in color and show the officers of the US Air Force and Navy. UU., As well as British crew members returning from a mission, and members of the Finnish Air Force while waiting to leave British territory.
A British plane FB24 photographed from above while on a mission to Brussels, Belgium, on August 3, 1944. The impressive aerial plane shows the enormous wingspan of the two-seat plane, while other planes fly underneath
Lieutenant Robert B. Campbell Jr. flying over England in 1944. The impressive collection has given life to some of the photographs of the Second World War using special coloring techniques.
This rare image offers a brief overview of the operation of the British Lancaster B Mark II bombers. Pilots can be seen looking intensely during their mission
Two RAF Lancaster bombers fly to intercept Luftwaffe Messerschmitts during the war. Graphic designer Nathan Howland of Brighton has helped bring the images to life so that later generations can understand and appreciate the true horrors of war.
At least six Lancaster B Mark III bombers overflew the skies during a flight simulation in 1943. During World War II, the RAF had 1,208,000 members, with 185,000 serving as an air crew.
The German Luftwaffe claimed approximately 70,000 air victories, while 75,000 of its fleet were destroyed or significantly damaged. Of that, almost 40,000 were written off.
Its total production of the air fleet stood at just under 120,000 aircraft, with a staff of 3.4 million pilots in service between 1939 and 1945.
During World War II, the RAF had approximately 1,208,000 members, with 185,000 serving as an air crew.
One of the most recognizable aircraft of the era must be the Supermarine Spitfire of a British car.
Graphic designer Nathan Howland of Brighton used his experience to add color to the images and help preserve the memories of war so that future generations can learn.
Howland, 52, said: "Many of the images are extremely rare and have not yet been shown to a wider audience.
"For me, most of them encapsulate the dichotomy in the expression that there is beauty in war, it gives us an emotional and moving view of the fearful altitudes that these young men faced and challenged.
"In the midst of all this, there were these extraordinary battle photographers, armed only with a camera that stole everything that surrounds them to join their gaze, war and the beauty of nature in deep moments.
Halifax Mark II of the RAF on an unspecified mission. The Handley Page Halifax was a heavy four-engine bomber of the Royal Air Force (RAF), was developed by Handley Page with the same specification as the contemporary Avro Lancaster and Short Stirling.
British Short S.29 Stirling Bomber. The Short Stirling was a heavy British bomber of four engines of the Second World War. It has the distinction of being the first bomber with four engines to be introduced into service with the Royal Air Force (RAF)
Bomber of the 398th BG bombardment from an extreme altitude in April 1945. The 398th Air Expeditionary Group was a provisional unit of the United States Air Force assigned to the United States Air Force in Europe that was instrumental in bringing Germany into Nazi at the heels
A QJ-M of the 339th Bombardment Squadron 96th BG in a raid on Germany in 1944. The 339th Bombardment Squadron is an inactive unit of the United States Air Force.
Lancaster B MKI of the RAF 207 over England in 1942. Squadron no. 207 Royal Air Force was a former bomber, communications and training squad of the Royal Air Force. October 1943, the 207 Squadron became the first occupant of the newly opened RAF Spilsby bomber station.
Boeing-17G flies towards dawn in January 1945. These bombers were used by the United States Army during its assault on Nazi Germany
"I felt that my role was to lend my skills to honor these moments as best I could, and hopefully provoke a more immediate sense of what it was like to be an aviator in times of war."
Howland added that a "large amount of research" was invested to ensure that the photographs were in the best possible condition.
He said: Everyone loves an image in color, they bring life, depth, vitality, energy and a richness that is missing in a monochromatic image.
& # 39; Colourising allows us to see images in a completely new perspective. In many cases, it allows the viewer to see much more detail within an image of what their eyes would perceive when looking at something in gray scale. I think it's a bit magical.
"My only wish is for people to enjoy the work, and if you look at a colored image and you can not say that it was once black and white, then that is the greatest adulation any colorist can ask for."
B-17F 42-5918 flying in formation in November 1943. The words & # 39; Ann K & # 39; they can be seen inscribed on the front panel of the warplane. The B-17 was employed primarily by the USAAC in the strategic bombing campaign of the light of day of the Second World War against German industrial and military targets
A rare take of the P-47D assigned to Colonel Dave Schilling of the 56th FG – 62nd FS in the brief period just before being painted to become "Hairless Joe" shortly after D-Day
A group of 398. ° BG redirected in a mission over Munich in April 1945. The 398 Bomb Group flew 195 combat missions, the last being on April 25, 1945.
A P-51B of the 335th FG running to visitors at Nuthampstead in England 1944
B24 42-94775 & # 39; War Eagle & # 39; in a bombing campaign in Brussels, Belgium, on August 3, 1944. Speaking of the restoration project, Howland said: "Many of the images are extremely rare and have not yet been shown to a wider audience." ;
A German Messerschmitt Bf 109-E bomb during the Battle of Britain in 1940. They formed the majority of the Luftwaffe's air fleet and began operating in 1937.
A Nazi plane, complete with the emblem of the swastika, returns home from a European mission in January 1945. The Luftwaffe was instrumental in German victories throughout Poland and Western Europe in 1939 and 1940.
A pilot sits in a Fiat G.50 series II Freccia of the Finnish Air Force in 1941, while another is under the wing
The B-24H prepares to take off from an unknown airfield during World War II. The plane was a heavy American bomber, designed by Consolidated Aircraft of San Diego, California.
A close-up view of the P-47M & # 39; Lorene & # 39; Lieutenant Russ Kyler. Russ Kyler served in Boxted, England, with the 56th Group of fighters and began his tour in August 1944 and flew 57 missions across Europe.