From the depths of my collection comes a series of amazing negatives taken by a member of the 388th Bomb Group stationed at Knettishall England in 1944. I have over 300 images from this collection and will slowly be posting them over the next few months. Keep checking back for updates. The medium-sized negatives are in immaculate condition and came to me rather inexpensively from an eBay auction. Enjoy!
Alegre was a Phillipino born artist who passed away in the early 1950s at the early age of 40. I one day hope to find a piece of his art!
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My dad (John Lloyd Swarts) served with the 587th Postal unit (388th) in Knettishall 1943-1945 and had his portrait painted by Alva Alegre. We are getting older and wondering what to do with the framed painting. Any suggestions?
Pat – I would love to see a photo of it! Also, I know the 388th Bomb Group museum would be a good home for the piece if you ever decided to part with it. I know several of the people who can help.
Wonderful information about this 388th BG artist. I served in the modern day 388th Fighter Wing and have interest in the unit history. Never knew the group had this artist, thank you for sharing about him! By the way, in Find a Grave there is an Alva Villamar (misspelling?) Alegre listed, wonder if it’s the same man? https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/231518421/alva-villamar-alegre