Glenn Miller, U.S. Army Major and band leader
Total Persons on Board:
Three - Miller, are two others:
- Flight Officer John Morgan
- Lt. Col.
Norman F. Baessell)
December 15, 1944
Reported as "terrible weather conditions which existed between London
Disappeared on flight between London and Paris.
Area Believed Crashed:
Reason for flight:
Transportation to Paris where he was to join his band (they had preceded
him) to perform at the opening of SHAEF Headquarters at Versailles, which was
being moved from London to Paris.
Norseman UC-64, a single engine aircraft. USAAF Tail Number
At the time, there was a war going on. No real search effort reported.
In October 1942, Miller disbanded his orchestra and joined the US Army Air
Force with the rank of captain and assembled a quality dance band to perform for
the troops. When the troops moved to England, Miller's band followed. On
December 14, 1944, Miller got on a plane to Paris. The plane never arrived. It
crashed somewhere over the English Channel. Miller's death was mourned by music
lovers all over the world, and he was heralded as a hero worldwide. The movie The
Glenn Miller Story, starring Jimmy Stewart, was filmed in 1953 as a
tribute to Miller. In fact, the Glenn
Miller Orchestra still plays today.
Over the years there have been much speculation as to what happened.
- One of
the most widely held beliefs is that the aircraft Miller was flying in was victim
to friendly fire of a sorts. At the time B-17s returning from the front, dropped
unused bombs over the English Channel before returning to their home base. In a
freak accident, a load of these bombs may have hit the lower flying UC-64 in the
dark. For more regarding this particular theory,
- Another account had him in Paris dying in the arms of a prostitute.
- Still another had him captured by the Germans and dying during the war in a
- Then there is the account of Fred W. Atksinson, Jr. According to
Atkinson, who was a member of the 320th Air Transport Squadron
based at Le Borge' Airport at Paris, France, one of there aircraft was used to
transport Miller to Paris. - "Several days after our plane left London, we were notified that an
aircraft that might be ours had crashed on the coast of France and that the
occupants were dead. We dispatched a plane to that location and the aircraft and
the bodies of our pilots were identified. Our crew also said that the other body
definitely was that of Glenn Miller. They said there were identification papers
and dog tags that were on his body. Our second crew that was in London at the
time verified they had witnessed Glenn Miller and our two pilots board the
aircraft and depart." - Click here for more info.
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