The Museum of Flight Adds Stunning World War II Color Photos Collection

The John W. Allen World War II Collection consists of visual, textual and audiovisual materials documenting Allen's military service as a navigator during the war. Photographic slides documenting the 401st Bomb Squadron's missions from England make up the majority of the collection.

Bombardier Paul Chryst, U.S. Army Air Forces, in the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress aircraft "Times A-Wastin'," November 2, 1944. Other aircraft are visible through the window behind Chryst. Image Credit: The John W. Allen World War II Collection/The Museum of Flight


The Museum of Flight, located in Seattle, Washington recently announced the addition of a new collection of stunning World War II color photos. The John W. Allen World War II Collection consists of visual, textual, and audiovisual materials documenting Allen’s military service as a navigator during the war. Photographic slides documenting the 401st Bomb Squadron’s missions from England make up the majority of the collection.
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of the 91st Bombardment Group, U.S. Army Air Forces, in flight, circa 1944-1945.
Image Credit: The John W. Allen World War II Collection/The Museum of Flight
John W. Allen of Seattle, WA, served as a navigator on the B-17 “Times-A-Wastin” while stationed in England, these images give a breathtaking inside view of life on a crew with a level of crystal clarity rarely seen. These images have been digitized and are now available to view for free at The Museum of Flight’s Digital Collection.
After flying 35 missions over Europe, Allen moved to the Air Transport Command and served for several more months ferrying aircraft around the Pacific. Because radio silence was observed, all navigation was by celestial observation.

Explore more of the collection for free on the Museum of Flight’s Digital Collection website ➡️ https://bit.ly/3WA0luX

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft in flight over the English Channel, circa 1944-1945.
Image Credit: The John W. Allen World War II Collection/The Museum of Flight

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