Bomber Jacket Photo Project...

johnslemp

Member
Hi John,

I have come across a few of your pictures before, particularly those of WW2 veterans, without knowing you were the photographer. Among, if not the best, WW2 veterans' portraits I have seen. True tributes to these men and women and a necessary task given that many, if not most, are not with us anymore. Well done sir, and glad that you are back in this house, so to speak. Welcome back and very glad to have you aboard!
And btw, I have pre-ordered your book as well and I am in France. If you could sign it that would be great! Many thanks.

Lorenzo.

Hello Lorenzo!
Many thanks for the kind words regarding the portraits. It has been a labor of love, so to speak...one that I whole heartedly thought worthwhile of the effort. Many thanks too, for your order, and, being in France, I'm trying to get the international shipping portion of this equation set up. Thanks for the incentive!
John
 

johnslemp

Member
Hello John, after reading this post, I spent a half hour on your site. Thank you for what you are doing to highlight the heroics of these veterans (men and women as it appears you have interviewed several WASP pilots from what I read). The book looks fantastic, I saw the preview you have posted. I pre-ordered one yesterday and like everyone else, would love to have a signed copy if not too much trouble. I also bought a hat and it looks like I might have ordered the last one! You should make some more as I have a feeling when the book goes public there might be even more interest in the ball cap. I look forward to wearing it with my A2! Thanks again for what you are doing, I cant wait for the book! Kevin

Hello Kevin!
Many, many Thanks! I'll get your hat out to you ASAP...Be Well!
John
 

johnslemp

Member
Hello Gents!

We are getting down to the wire for sending off files to the graphic designer, and I had a last minute thought.

Does anyone know of a source for original drawings for the jackets?

On the inside tags one sees the Drawing No. 30-1415 as the spec for the jackets, but I've not seen one.

High resolution copies are what is needed for the book.

Any help would be most appreciated...

John
 
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2BM2K

Well-Known Member
The short answer to that is no. The original drawings have not been found.

The US Army specification number is 94-3040. This was recovered from national archives a few years ago but no drawing. This can be viewed on the Acmedepot http://www.acmedepot.com/a2jacket/A2_SpecDocuments.pdf

The drawing number is 30-1415. This forms part of the specification but was not recovered from the archive
with the specification.

The number 30-1415 looks to be an AC order number, it could be in an archive somewhere waiting to found.

Geoff
 

33-1729

Well-Known Member
This is a great project and I’m glad to see life shown back onto these brave souls.

On the drawing . . . I was able to get the original A-2 spec 94-3040 declassified a few years ago, but no luck on getting the original 30-1415 drawing. Later I found that the Air Force was unsuccessful in locating an original A-2 drawing when they wanted to officially reintroduce the A-2 in 1988, so they relied upon Avirex with Willis & Geiger Outfitters to create a new A-2 drawing at that time. (Avirex made several hundred jackets in 1987 for the USAF 40th anniversary.)

 

2BM2K

Well-Known Member
On the drawing . . . I was able to get the original A-2 spec 94-3040 declassified a few years ago, but no luck on getting the original 30-1415 drawing

The 30-1415 is interesting. It has the format of an AC Order number from the fiscal year 1929 to 1930.

In theory it should be recorded in the Air Corp 1930 fiscal report. If that could be found then it might uncover more information.
 

Brettafett

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Burt, the last I heard was that it is looking to printed in the fall.
They are still in the design phase, already at 280 pages and more to add, which can only be a good thing.
I dont know how John's going to edit this...
I gather that they are going to publish an immense and extravagant book, that is going to be more than a treasure.

Anyone not yet ordered one, I highly recommend that you do.
 

warguy

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I remember the last update was this Fall as well. I am looking forward to my copy! I ordered one of their last ball caps at same time I ordered the book and the cap was shipped immediately with a follow up email from John a week later to make sure it arrived and that I liked it. Great customer service so far!
 

B-Man2

Well-Known Member
Thanks Bretta …. I appreciate your response . :)
Burt, the last I heard was that it is looking to printed in the fall.
They are still in the design phase, already at 280 pages and more to add, which can only be a good thing.
I dont know how John's going to edit this...
I gather that they are going to publish an immense and extravagant book, that is going to be more than a treasure.

Anyone not yet ordered one, I highly recommend that you do.
 

B-Man2

Well-Known Member
I remember the last update was this Fall as well. I am looking forward to my copy! I ordered one of their last ball caps at same time I ordered the book and the cap was shipped immediately with a follow up email from John a week later to make sure it arrived and that I liked it. Great customer service so far!
Thanks WarGuy for the update . :)
 
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