WWII 388th Bomb Group – Alva Alegre Snaps Glenn Miller in Knettishall, England 1944


August 25th, 1944,

Glenn Miller poses with some members of the 388th Bomb Group.  Only a few months later Miller went missing during a flight over the English Channel, launching a 70 year search for his wreckage.  His death is still an unknown, although many suggest that he was in fact a German spy or was possibly shot down by friendly fire. Check here for some possible leads:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2014/07/07/glenn-miller-plane-mystery-history-detectives-norseman/12268729/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/dna/place-lancashire/plain/A2654822

http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4406

 

Glenn Miller Poses with 388th Bomb Group Officials in Knettishall, Sussex, England

Some of Glenn’s best known hits are Moonlight Serenade, Chattanooga Choo Choo, A String of Pearls, Little Brown Jug and Tuxedo Junction.   Many of these songs are likely lost on my generation, but will be familiar to many of the readers of this blog.  Please check out the links listed below for some vintage Glenn Miller footage!

 

Glenn Miller

Another 388th Big Wig (unnamed)

 

Alva Snaps a Photo of the Glenn Miller Band Crowd

WWII 388th Bomb Group Artist Alva Alegre – Random Snapshots Continued……


Isn’t it hard to imagine that these images were taken in 1944?  They were, and casual followers of the blog will remember that this is only a sneak peek of a larger collection of prints and negatives that I acquired from a series of two eBay auction in 2010 and 2011.  The photographer, Alva V. Alegre was a professionally trained artist who served with the 388th Bomb Group during WWII.  His treasure trove of images haunt me; my quest to figure out his life story has brought me many new leads and a number of new friends and acquaintances.

 

 

 

 

 

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UPDATED POST – WWII Refrigeration Truck Unit Photos – “The Penguin Fleet” Blood and Plasma Transfer Trucks


One aspect of war that is not normally discussed is the transportation of temperature sensitive material.  Blood, meat, and some chemicals needed to be kept cool for use in the field and needed special trucks to deliver the goods.  Here is a set of photos showing the trucks of the unit!  Try finding these anywhere else!  Scanned from original negatives.

 

UPDATE:

After cleaning out a forgotten box in my closet, I was able to find some additional negatives from this grouping.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

388th Bomb Group – Visions of Wartime London – Summer 1944


 

Alva Alegre took every opportunity to shoot in and around London while on pass.  His images capture wartime London as seen in 1944, at a time when the Luftwaffe was still a real threat to the civilian population.  Please enjoy the view through Alva’s lens as he travels throughout the city of London!

 

 

Alva and Muse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Royal Arcade

 

 

Close Up View of Sign