December 15, 1944. Glenn Miller was headed to the front lines for a Christmas concert
for our World War II troops when they got him. Swing Bands were the rage in the
30’s and 40’s, and Glenn Miller was the best. Girls screamed and mobbed him where
ever he went.
Glenn had always dreamed of leading his own band. In 1937 at the age of 33, he finally
had his first band. Miller was a great arranger and he tried songs in various different
styles and with several different arrangements until hew had the sound he was looking
for. This attitude is what eventually led him into the Blues. By 1938 he had hit
the big time and his band had become the #1 band in music. Over 14 hits in four
years. Glenn Miller had created a “sound” that was distinctive. Instruments playing
different octaves and his unique arrangements set his music apart from anything else
at the time. He was a Rock Star before there was Rock. Probably the greatest band
leader that ever lived.
When World War II broke out for the United States, Glenn Miller enlisted and was
promptly assigned to create a military band. The GI’s loved swing and it was a real
morale boost to give them a little music from back home. His band visited hospitals,
air bases and compounds to help morale.
Glenn Miller reportedly boarded a Norseman C-64 airplane at the Twinwood Farm Royal
Air Force Base west of Bedford, England that was bound for Paris,France. He was
going there a few days ahead of his band to make preparations for the Christmas concert
for our GI’s in France. Even though he was warned that being so close to the front
lines would be dangerous.
Glenn Miller then vanished from history. Or did he?
Stories include or omit some of the following:
His plane iced up and crashed over the English Channel.
The official log states that NO planes took off on that day.
All planes were grounded that day due to bad weather. Some say it cleared just long
enough to take off. But a bomber squadron returned because their fighter escort
could not take off.
Miller reportedly had a fear of planes. Would he have risked a bad-weather flight?
Would his pilot?
Miller reportedly had a premonition and told his band members that he would die in
a small plane.
Miller’s driver disputed the airplane type that he was reported to have boarded.
Miller associates state that Miller never got on the plane.
A German newspaper reported that he died of a heart attack in France.
There is a story that a German assassination squad did him in with the help of a
German female spy that Miller had been in contact with (“flirting”) during his last
Rumors stated that he was captured and killed by the German SS.
Lots of searches by divers and boats equipped with sonar and magnetic resonance devices
have been sent into the areas where it was rumored that his plane went down. With
no luck in finding any part of the wreckage on the channel bottom.
A diver was said to have found his plane in 1985 and there was no evidence that it
had crashed. Where it had been until 1985 is anyone’s guess.
There were eyewitness reports of Miller the following day in France.
There were witnesses that claim they were with him in Washington, DC several days
An RAF bomber crew believe that they dropped a bomb on his plane.
Rumors ran at the time that he was shot by an overzealous MP in Paris.
There exists evidence that indicate that Miller died in Ohio.
People involved with the exposing of this conspiracy have had their lives threatened.
All these theories are there to obscure the real facts that regardless as to what
really happened, the blues were being attacked. Miller’s Blues.