Korean War Color Photo Slides – USS Okanogan APA 220 – Evacuation of Chinnampo


 

 

Picked up a nice 15 slide Korean War grouping on ebay this past week. After doing some research on the USS Okanogan (APA-220) I found that it took part in the evacuation at Chinnampo in December of 1950. Looking at the photos, it is obvious that they were taken around Christmas time – and there are some shots of civilian and POW evacuees as well as a nice image of some 3rd Division soldiers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Korean War in Color


This will be a constantly updated theme here at Portraits of War so please check back often.

Today’s posts are from the 89th Medium Tank Battalion taken in 1952 during the middle of the Korean War.

The 89th Medium Tank Battalion was with the 25th Division (insignia seen in the slide below) from between 1951 through the armistice.

Operation Crossroads – Post-WWII Color Slide Photo – QB-17 Drone Plane at Roswell, New Mexico


Color war photos are one of my favorite forms of amateur photography.  The history behind each image is intensified when documented in color, allowing the historian to glean historical details not visible in B/W photography.  One such image can be found below, from my collection of images taken in Roswell New Mexico right after WWII.  The photos were taken by a member of the 509th Composite Group.  The unit was responsible for dealing with the atomic weapons of WWII and also dropped a bomb on the Bikini Atoll in 1946.

The QB-17 shown below is possibly one of the first handful of B-17’s outfitted to fly unmanned.  This plane was used to fly through an atomic cloud and collect important radiation data.  These data were later used to test for radiation fallout numbers.  I’ve only personally seen two other color images of a QB-17 painted in this scheme.  What an important resource for historians, hobbyists, and vintage photography collectors!

Front Page of Drone Unit History

Back Cover of Drone Unit History