Interview: Captain Herb Barnum…WWII Pilot

Recently. I had the opportunity to interview and photograph Captain Herb Barnum, a WWII pilot.  Although he didn't fly fighters or bombers, his job was nonetheless vital to the war effort.  He was a C-47 cargo plane pilot, newly assigned to England just after D-Day when he was suddenly "re-assigned" to be the co-pilot for General Omar Bradley.  The aircraft, crew, and mechanics…all were transferred to 12th Army Group, and he spent the rest of the war flying the General around the European Theatre.  

Enjoy this lively conversation...

Captain Herb Barnum, photographed in Rome, Georgia on 23 February, 2016.  ©2016 John Slemp

Captain Herb Barnum, photographed in Rome, Georgia on 23 February, 2016.  ©2016 John Slemp

Wings of Valor Kickstarter Project...

Last fall I had the opportunity to contribute photographically to the Wings of Valor book project.  It is an homage to the still-living men who downed at least five enemy aircraft during World War II…otherwise known as "aces."  My assignment was to create portraits of two men in Georgia and South Carolina…Commander Leroy Robinson, and Commander Robert Maxwell.

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