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Miller, circa 1940's.

Glenn Miller
Missing since December 15, 1944 from Germany.
Classification: Missing

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Circumstances of Disappearance
Glenn Miller, first as a Captain, later as a Major, was probably the most prominent entertainer for the Americans in East Anglia. His disappearance during a flight to Paris for a concert in December 1944 was explained by his plane being brought down over the English Channel by bad weather. An archive containing papers and material of an RAF navigator were sold in auction at Sotheby's at Billingshurst, West Sussex on April 13, 1999. The EDP carried a feature on these materials on March 20, on which the following is based:
The late Fred Shaw, DFC, was a navigator on an RAF Lancaster based at Methwold. His records suggest that the Norseman plane carrying the bandleader was knocked out of the sky by a blast wave from bombs jettisoned by aircraft returning from aircraft that had been recalled from a bombing mission over Germany. In 1985, the Ministry of Defense issued a letter, which is part of the archive, stating that Mr Shaw's explanation is "the most likely solution to the mystery".
Shaw's log records that his bomber, NF973 of 149 Squadron, en route to Siegen in Germany, near the Luxembourg border, was recalled just south of Brussels due to bad weather and was then directed to the "southern jettison area", 50 miles south of Beachy Head over the English Channel. The bomb aimer released the 4000 lb bomb load from a safe height of 4000 feet, but later called over the intercom that he could see a plane below. Shaw identified the plane as a Norseman flying at an altitude of 1500 feet, flying south and surrounded by bombs exploding as they hit the water.

Source Information:
Glenn Miller - Bandleader Who Disappeared

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