Margaret Bourke-White’s color photographs of World War II bombers and their crew.


World War II in Color: American Bombers and Their Crews, 1942

Here’s how it is done! These amazing color images by Margaret Bourke-White date back to 1942. She was a master photographer and her work is still fresh, honest, and timely seventy years later.

Bourke-White, one of LIFE magazine’s original four staff photographers, was America’s first accredited woman photographer during WWII, and the first authorized to fly on a combat mission. For decades she covered conflicts, civil wars, humanitarian crises and natural disasters. She documented segregation in the American South, was the last person to interview Gandhi before he was assassinated, was one of the first photographers to document the liberation of Nazi death camps and survived a torpedo attack while traveling by ship to North Africa in 1943 and was briefly married to the American writer Erskine Caldwell (God’s Little Acre, Tobacco Road). Widely recognized as one of the greatest photojournalists of the 20th century, she died in 1971. She was 67 years old.

All photos: Margaret Bourke-White—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

American bomber and crew during World War II, England, 1942

American bomber and crew during World War II, England, 1942