Glenn Miller clue found in Reading plane-spotter's log
The fact that he mysteriously disappeared in 1944 - in an aeroplane no less, another interest of mine - simply added to the legend. That his "sound" has endured to this day, and has become synonymous with World War Two (despite Miller's success predating the war by a few years) is a testament to the unique, instantly recognisable quality of the songs. The Glenn Miller Orchestra still records and tours today and books, musicals and documentaries about Miller's career continue to be made.
The mystery of his disappearance over the English Channel on the 15th December 1944, in a flight from Bedford in England to Paris where he was due to join his band for a performance, has continued to puzzle Miller enthusiasts for nearly 70 years. There have been various crackpot theories that I won't endorse with publication here, but a few years ago the account of an RAF navigator came to light that until now was widely accepted to be most likely - Miller's aircraft had strayed into the South Jettison Area, an agreed-upon place in the Channel where Allied bombers returning from abortive raids could unload their bombs safely, and had been struck by bombs jettisoned by a flight of Lancasters on their way back from Siegen in Germany.
Glenn Miller death: teenage planespotter's logbook 'scotches conspiracy theory'
|A Noorduyn UC-64 Norseman, of the type in which Glenn Miller disappeared|
The last British government documents relating to such incidents during Second World War won't be declassified until 2025, eighty years after the end of the conflict. There may be something in them that will shed some light on this enduring mystery but until then this particular enigma looks to remain unanswered.