LIFE Archive | The Pacific Theater in Color (Part II) | A Continuous Lean.

LIFE Archive | The Pacific Theater in Color (Part II)

Dec 20th, 2008 | Categories: Americana, LIFE | by Michael Williams

The second installment of Pacific Theater images from the LIFE archive. Be sure to click on the images to see the details. The shots of the fighters over the ocean really blew me away. I came across a lot of images of “deck scenes,” showing the solders en route to their next engagement. It looked hot and boring, not to mention nerve-racking. Part I can be seen here.

17wii

10wii

11wii

18wii

12wii

13wii

14wii

20wii

16wii

15wii

19wii

Comments: 13

13 Comments to “LIFE Archive | The Pacific Theater in Color (Part II)”

  1. Dan
    on Dec 20th, 2008
    @ 11:48 AM

    My father did a tour on a carrier in the Indian Ocean. He said it was so hot and humid that the polish on their dress shoes would run onto the deck during morning muster. Former Navy myself, but never having served on a ship, I thought of his story while standing on the blazing hot pave of a Texas country road outside Amarillo. The rubber on my Doc Martens stuck to the blacktop.

    Great pics!

  2. jk
    on Dec 20th, 2008
    @ 3:19 PM

    Stunning.

  3. wayne pate
    on Dec 20th, 2008
    @ 4:21 PM

    The colors in these photos are incredible. The blues,
    military green and those brown boots! Ironic how
    wartime could look so beautiful. The clothing obviously played a huge factor in the beauty of
    some of these photos.

  4. Joshua
    on Dec 20th, 2008
    @ 6:16 PM

    thanks for my new desktop image

  5. Heavy Tweed Jacket
    on Dec 21st, 2008
    @ 1:08 AM

    The photos over the Pacific are really amazing photos. Like nothing I’ve really ever seen.

  6. matt
    on Dec 21st, 2008
    @ 9:34 AM

    It’s amazing how recent these photos make the scenes appear.
    I have to ask though, how do you find these photos? Searching pacific theater didn’t turn them up for me.

  7. Beeks
    on Dec 21st, 2008
    @ 11:19 AM

    Try searching wwii and click on the color photographs which appear.

  8. Kyle
    on Dec 21st, 2008
    @ 11:56 AM

    Truly breathtaking photography. Keep up the good work Michael.

    One thing perplexes me though; why do the guys in the back of the planes not get covered by the cockpit?

  9. Michael Williams
    on Dec 21st, 2008
    @ 12:24 PM

    A lot of these were found through searches like:

    Deck Scenes: http://tinyurl.com/73z65p

    Palau: http://tinyurl.com/8lcupx

    Midway: http://tinyurl.com/9skhpt

    This image is pretty awesome as well: http://tinyurl.com/76exhk

  10. Michael Williams
    on Dec 21st, 2008
    @ 12:40 PM

    I would venture to say that the gunners are not covered by a canopy so it is easier for them to see and track enemy aircraft.

  11. John
    on Dec 22nd, 2008
    @ 5:47 PM

    i founded the Life Archives on A Continous Lean, now im completetly amazed! thanks for the tip and for managing my favourite blog!

    http://images.google.com/images?ndsp=21&hl=sv&q=Yale-Vassar+Bike++source:life&start=0&sa=N

    keep up the good work!

  12. Blue in the Face
    on Jan 5th, 2009
    @ 5:39 PM

    It’s a good thing wars aren’t so gorgeous anymore. Maybe we’ll have less of them.

    PS–That top shot, of the dive-bombers (Dauntlesses?) is particularly breathtaking.

  13. joanna goddard
    on Jan 5th, 2009
    @ 5:49 PM

    love the one of them sleeping on the deck.