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|Posted: Tue Oct 26, 2021 9:02 pm Post subject: Glenn Miller band leader disappears in December 1944
|The Glenn Miller mystery
In December 1944, band leader Glenn Miller boarded his plane from Twinwood Airfield in Bedfordshire never to be seen again. The rumours surrounding his death and his legend live on.
audio Listen to Nigel Hill from Twinwood
Twinwood Events - details of the Glenn Miller Festival
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In December 1944, a small plane bound for Paris took off from Twinwood Airfield in Bedfordshire.
On board was the famous war time band leader Glenn Miller - but somewhere over the English Channel the aircraft vanished.
Glenn Miller joined the US Army Air Force as a captain in 1942 and was based at Milton Ernest Hall just a couple of miles from Twinwood Airfield.
Twinwood Control Tower
The control tower at Twinwood Airfield is now home to the Glenn Miller Museum
He put together a dance band to entertain the troops and they played songs which are now classics such as the Chattanooga Choo Choo, In the Mood, and Pennsylvania 6-5000.
His band played at the Bedford Corn Exchange, and recorded music with famous performers like Bing Crosby and Bob Hope at the Co Partners Hall.
And at the airfield itself Miller performed a concert for the aircrews using two trailers as a stage next to the Control Tower.
There have been many rumours surrounding his death. Did his plane crash in the fog? Was it accidently damaged by an allied bomber jettisoning its bombs? And there's even a rumour that he made it to France and died in a Paris Brothel.
But whatever the truth, Glenn Miller has gone down in history as a hero, and is mourned by music lovers all over the world.
The Glenn Miller festival
The Glenn Miller Festival at Twinwood
The Control tower at Twinwood Airfield, where he was last seen alive, has only recently been restored and is now the home of the Glenn Miller Museum. It has come to be regarded as a shrine by his fans.
His legend lives on, and in 1953 the Glenn Miller Story, starring Jimmy Stuart was filmed as a tribute to the band leader.
Miller was born in 1904 at Clarinda in Iowa and every year a series of events are held at Twinwood Airfield to celebrate his life.
The Glenn Miller Festival is held over the August Bank Holiday weekend, and is a must for all swing, jazz and jive fans.
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