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Most Beautiful Colorized Images In History

Colorized historical photos | August 5, 2019

Major Donald James Matthew Blakeslee from Ohio became the first flier in history to shoot down an enemy plane with the P-47 Thunderbolt - 15 April 1943.

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Some colorized photos really put the viewer in the action, and this snapshot inside Major Blakeslee’s cockpit feels so real that you want to reach out and touch his goggles. In 1943 Blakeslee was flying a P-47 Thunderbolt with the 335th Fighter Squadron. During his time flying with RAF Blakeslee flew 240 combat hours and ended up with three confirmed victories. Blakesless was open about his love of flying into combat and often joked:

You dead-eye shots take all the fun out of it. When a guy like me is motoring along and has to start hosing them down to see where the bullets are going, that's when it's fun.

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Jacob Shelton

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Jacob Shelton is a Los Angeles based writer. For some reason this was the most difficult thing he’s written all day, and here’s the kicker – his girlfriend wrote the funny part of that last sentence. As for the rest of the bio? That’s pure Jacob, baby. He’s obsessed with the ways in which singular, transgressive acts have shaped the broader strokes of history, and he believes in alternate dimensions, which means that he’s great at a dinner party. When he’s not writing about culture, pop or otherwise, he’s adding to his found photograph collection and eavesdropping on strangers in public.