Item #19157 Black Soldiers in the air force in Hawaii, Japan, and Guam in the 1940's. Pacific Theatre WWII.

Black Soldiers in the air force in Hawaii, Japan, and Guam in the 1940's

Photo Archive

Racially integrated group of American soldiers archive of photographs in postwar Japan, Hawaii, and Guam before the 1948 Truman Executive Order 9981 desegrating the arm forces. This archive includes 31 Black and white silver gelatin photographs measuring approximately 3.5" x 4.5". Most dated 1946. Many photos' identifying features are captioned by hand on verso. Locations include most prominently Hickam Field, the airstrip adjacent to Pearl Harbor, Harmon Field in Guam, postwar Tokyo, where we can see the Hibiya Hall, as well as landscape shots in places such as Nevadan desert. There are many images of military bases and some of soldiers. One photo of a black soldier in a tropical setting holding a Thompson submachine gun and another photo shows a group of three black troops in front of the Senior Petty Officers club, likely on base in Hawaii. In another photo, we can see down the wing of a Douglas C-54 Skymaster, a four-engined transport aircraft used by the United States Army Air Forces in World War II and the Korean War, and the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. The soldier who assembled this archive likely belonged to the Air Transport Command, of which the C-54 was a flagship aircraft, The photo of the B-29 was taken on Kwajalein Atoll, one of the many thin sand bars in the middle of the South Pacific that the US and Japan battled over to establish a base of operations for their air and sea fleets. There are several shots of postwar Tokyo, primarily taken at the street level. This archive gives a look into the early postwar days and both the black and white soldiers involved in the aftermath of the war and the occupation of Japan. Very good condition overall.

Item #19157

Price: $850.00