Monthly Meeting – February 10, 2022

This type A-2 flight jacket belonged to Calvin E. McCart, a tail gunner attached to the 570th squadron of the 390th Bomb Group. On the front left of the jacket is the 570th squadron insignia patch, a joker with 4 aces behind it. The name “Mac” is painted on the front right of the jacket, a man parachuting is painted below the name. McCart flew 35 successful missions over Europe, this is signified by the 35 bombs painted on the sleeves of his jacket. The name “Shuttle-Babe” is painted on the back of the jacket above artwork. The artwork on the back of the jacket is a B-17 flying through the clouds with the 8th Air Force logo behind the plane. Throughout the course of his 35 missions McCart survived 3 emergency landings.

Our February Monthly Meeting will be on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 6:45 pm!

Join us for the February monthly meeting! The monthly club meeting is a free event for anyone who shares a passion in photography, from the total beginner with your phone to a professional with multiple gear sets. Please join us and invite anyone who may be interested in exploring and learning about photography!

Our February Speaker is John Slemp and the topic will be “Flying Into The Unknown”.

Photographer John Slemp has been working on a project since 2014, documenting the artwork of WWII “bomber jackets.”  If the veteran is still available, portraits have been created, and in some cases, the veteran is interviewed.  To date, 137 jackets have been photographed, with about a dozen more in the pipeline to photograph the last week of January 2022.  The jackets have come from a dozen museum’s across America, and from private owners.  All have a story to tell.

He’ll talk about…

  • The genesis of the project
  • The technical aspects 
  • Example images and stories
  • Where it has led
  • How it has been sustained
  • Where it’s going now
  • The benefits (and drawbacks) of a long-term project
John Slemp

John’s Biography

Born in Japan, John Slemp was a world traveler before he was a teen. After attending college on an academic scholarship, he served in the US Army stationed in Germany, and out of curiosity spent many hours visiting well-known museums throughout Europe. Little did he know that he was preparing for a life in commercial photography, with the world’s best art being a spellbinding tutor.

Fast forward twenty-plus years, and his extensive photography experience allows him to create a wide variety of images including environmental still life, portraits, and lifestyle images.

Light, shape, and composition are the tools used to create images for a wide variety of editorial, corporate, and advertising clients worldwide. Easy to work with, his goal is to create the best images possible for each assignment. A great sense of humor is an added plus, which keeps everyone on set loose and lively.

As an aside, he’s a big fan of dogs, fly fishing, and a good cheeseburger. Oddly, he likes cutting the grass too, as it offers time to think, and we cut a lot of grass in the South.

His work has won several industry awards, including three times being selected for the Best of ASMP competition. His fine art work hangs in a number of private and public collections, which he continues to actively exhibit. 

You can see John’s portfolio on his website at  https://www.johnslemp.com/  And this is the fledgling website for his project https://www.wwiibomberboys.com/what-we-do.

Check out a selection of his photography below:

Brigadier General Charles McGee, Tuskegee Airman.
WWII P-51 pilot Bob “Punchy” Powell flew three missions,-over 16 hours-during the D-Day invasion.
This type A-2 flight jacket belonged to Calvin E. McCart, a tail gunner attached to the 570th squadron of the 390th Bomb Group. On the front left of the jacket is the 570th squadron insignia patch, a joker with 4 aces behind it. The name “Mac” is painted on the front right of the jacket, a man parachuting is painted below the name. McCart flew 35 successful missions over Europe, this is signified by the 35 bombs painted on the sleeves of his jacket. The name “Shuttle-Babe” is painted on the back of the jacket above artwork. The artwork on the back of the jacket is a B-17 flying through the clouds with the 8th Air Force logo behind the plane. Throughout the course of his 35 missions McCart survived 3 emergency landings.
A-2 flying jacket that belonged to B-17 pilot Ernest Anders Erickson of the 95th Bomb Group.

Join us for the February 10th meeting!