“It’s just more than a calendar. It really kind of captures a time in history,” said Harriet Adams, who formed the informal group of about two dozen museum supporters about six or seven years ago.
“[The calendar] features the daughters and granddaughters of veteran war pilots from World War II, Vietnam and Korea,” said Laoise O’Driscoll, one of the organizers of the calendar. “They are donning their father’s or grandfather’s bomber jackets … [which] have a lot of intricate artwork on them displaying missions that those guys went on and bombs that were dropped. They all tell a unique and different story.”
Though the group has held parties to raise funds for the museum in the past, Adams said she wanted to organize a different fundraiser — one that would link today’s generation to the generation of the Air Force war pilots.
“It’s been such a powerful and rewarding experience to be able to see these women wearing their granddaddy’s jackets and to learn about their stories, because a lot of veterans don’t talk about what happened,” she said.
Though the majority of women in the calendar are from metro Atlanta, some came from across the country to participate in the project. Photos for the calendar were taken in multiple places including the museum in Savannah, Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport in Chamblee and the Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field in Peachtree City.
While the official release of the calendar is Friday — in honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day — Adams said the group has pre-sold more than 500 copies. She said there has been much positive public interest in the calendar, including an overwhelming number of women who contacted the group wanting to be calendar models.
“We actually have had to change the calendar from 18 months to 24 because we had so many great images I couldn’t pick,” Adams said.
Calendars can be purchased online, and the group is still deciding whether to place them in local shops, she said. All proceeds will go to benefit the Air Force museum in Savannah.
“It will raise much needed funds for the museum,” O’Driscoll said.
She said the museum is restoring a B-17 World War II airplane, and the money could be used to support that project.
For more information about the Buckhead Bomber Girls and its calendar fundraiser or to order a calendar, visit www.mightyeighth.org/buckhead-bomber-girls or www.facebook.com/BuckheadBomberGirls.