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UK UK - Glenn Miller: MIA 60 years, English Channel, 15 Dec 1944

Discussion in 'Pre-1960's Missing' started by Richard, Dec 17, 2004.

  1. Richard

    Richard Well-Known Member

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    Glenn Miller - Missing over the English Channel

    Glenn Miller, U.S. Army Major and band leader
    Missing: December 15, 1944 in a plane over the English Channel

    Type Plane:
    Norseman UC-64, a single engine aircraft. USAAF Tail Number 44-70285

    Total Persons on Board:
    Three (Flight Officer John Morgan, Major Glenn Miller and Lt. Col. Norman F. Baessell)

    Weather:
    Reported as "terrible weather conditions which existed between London and Paris."

    Flight Route:
    Disappeared on flight between London and Paris.

    Area Believed Crashed:
    English Channel

    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.

    Search efforts:
    At the time, there was a war going on. No real search effort reported.

    Background:
    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.

    Link
    http://www.check-six.com/lib/Famous_Missing/Glenn_Miller_Flight.htm
     
  2. 2sisters

    2sisters New Member

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    I'm glad you posted this Richard. Glenn Miller and others like him are the missing persons that we sometimes forget. The families of soldiers who are MIA hardly ever get the answers the are looking for. There is one case that has been in the news recently about Scott Speicher who went missing during desert storm. I don't know the exact details of the story, but I read somewhere that his remaims may have been found but pending DNA tests nobody will know for sure.
     
  3. Richard

    Richard Well-Known Member

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    There are thousands of men and women still missing from World War II, and many still missing from other wars before and since. Most have since been classified as "Killed in Action - Body Not Recovered" or KIA-BNR. Some have been found over the years or have been returned by the North Koreans or North Vietnamese.
    LCDR Scott Speicher, USN was Naval Aviator who was the first American to be listed as Missing in Action during Desert Storm. He was subsequently declared a Prisoner of War when evidence surfaced that he had ejected from his aircraft and was probably taken prisoner by the Iraqis.
     
  4. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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  5. Natasha (Tash) Simp

    Natasha (Tash) Simp Former Member

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    Sadly, the first thing that comes to mind for me is the joke about aliens in Red Dwarf:

    "That's what they do. All those people who inexplicably vanish, they return them. Oh, smeg, that's all we need. Glenn Miller on board, boring us to death with Pennsylvania 6-5000."
     
  6. Nquiringmindwant2no

    Nquiringmindwant2no New Member

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    Hi, my grandparents both were in Glen Millers band. Ward Sillaway trombonist and Kay Weber Sillaway vocalist. I have lots of pictures and mementos of Glen Miller.
     
  7. Cincinnati Kid

    Cincinnati Kid New Member

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    Over the years, I have heard three scenarios in the disappearance of Glenn Miller:

    .....The plane he was in was shot down by Nazi aircraft over the British Channel.

    .....The plane was mistakenly struck by shells or bombs being ejected by British aircraft returning from a bombing run over Germany.

    .....A problem with the plane caused it to crash not far from the end of the runway as it attempted to take off.

    It was probably over 30 years ago that I saw a small article in the newspaper indicating that the remains of what was thought to be Miller's plane had been found. As I recall, it was somewhere in the waters of the British Channel, but I can't be sure. I never heard any more about that.
     
  8. Natasha (Tash) Simp

    Natasha (Tash) Simp Former Member

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    Even if they do ever find Miller's plane, they won't find his remains - sea organisms will have taken care of that.
     
  9. Richard

    Richard Well-Known Member

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    70 years ago...

    this December15th will mark the 70 year anniversary of the disappearance of Glenn Miller's plane.
     
  10. Natasha (Tash) Simp

    Natasha (Tash) Simp Former Member

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    Listening to Miller's recording of "In the Mood" tonight.
     

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