Glenn Miller’s Disappearance, Accident or Cover Up?

By | February 26, 2019

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Glenn Miller, with trombone. Source: (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)

On December 15, 1944, American orchestra leader, Glenn Miller, famous for hits like “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” and “In The Mood,” was in England entertaining the troops serving in World War II. Although the weather was dicey, Miller and his orchestra agreed to perform in Paris in the days leading up to Christmas. So Miller sent his orchestra ahead with plans to meet up with them in France in three days. He never made it. After boarding a small airplane with its two crew members, Miller took off for the flight over the English Channel. He, his plane, and the two crew members were never seen again. The obvious conclusion was that the plane crashed into the English Channel, but there may be more to the story. 

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Glenn Miller and some of his fellow musicians. Source: (

Miller Goes Missing

On December 18, Glenn Miller failed to meet up with his orchestra in Paris for scheduled rehearsal time. The musicians weren’t too concerned. After all, it was winter and it was wartime, so there were a lot of variables that could delay the bandleader. A full nine days passed before Miller was officially reported as missing. An investigation failed to turn up any evidence that Miller’s plane ever made it to France. The investigation shifted to the last place he had been seen…England.