WWII 9th Air Force Portrait Photo – Ervin G. Collins of Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Another great WWII interior studio portrait arrived in the mail yesterday. The subject of the photo is Ervin G. Collins of (wartime)  391 Liverpool Ave, Pawtucket, RI.  The photo was taken in France and shows Ervin posed with a studio prop – a French Louis XVI Style gilt rectangular center table. The photo was taken in St. Dizier by a photographer named Andre Dirler.  St. Dizier is roughly 120 miles east of paris; the 511th was stationed at Clastres (A-71) during the tail end of 1944.  He was 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighed 112 pounds when he enlisted on July 3rd, 1942.  Before the war he was able to graduate high school and worked as a salesperson.


Mr. Collins was born on March 5th, 1921 and passed away on November 2nd, 2001.  He is buried in Notre Dame Cemetery in Pawtucket, RI.