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New details on Glenn Miller's disappearance

dhermann1

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(If this has been posted elsewhere, bartenders please move this thread.)
There's a new piece of information regarding the mysterious disappearance in Dec. of 1944 of the great band leader Glenn Miller.
There have been stories that a man in a British bomber observed a smaller plane being hit by a jettisoned bomb and plunging into the English Channel. The plane, if Miller's, would have been badly off course, and would have wandered into the area designated for bombers to jettison unused bombs after aborted bombing missions. (Noone ever landed with unexploded bombs, too dangerous.)
This new story indicates that Miller's plane was spotted exactly ON course at the correct time for its flight plan, thus discounting the other story.
This sort of increases the mystery, but also makes me suspect that the most likely explanation now is engine failure, and the pilot being unable to radio his position.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-16517128
 

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Glenn was riding in a Noorduyn C-64 Norseman.
These were Canadian bush planes, meant for floats and hopping the coastlines and lakeshores.
If your engine went out over the briny with dry-land gear, why, it was good night sweetheart, as we say in the band biz.
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Coincidentally, I've done a fair bit of work at the airfield in Thurleigh, Bedfordshire that he left from on that last trip. It's home to a satellite dish station now, and an amateur racetrack. There's a few photos and some small mention of the event there. One of the local pubs has a bit of stuff too.
 

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What to believe, what to believe.....out on Amazon; The Glenn Miller Conspiracy: The Never-Before-Told Story of His Life -- and Death [Paperback]
Hunton Downs (Author)

From Publishers Weekly
Journalist and WWII-veteran Downs has spent the last 50 years investigating the mysterious circumstances of the disappearance of big band leader Glenn Miller as his plane flew over the English Channel in 1944. Downss intriguing if far-fetched look at Millers final days presents a radical argument: Miller, an army major, was a U.S. spy who died while attempting to deliver a secret message from Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who was requesting a group of German generals to join a top-secret operation to disrupt Hitlers war plans. Using his access to secret documents before and after the war ended, Downs makes a strong argument that Miller was captured in France by Nazi spies and tortured and killed during an unsuccessful interrogation in Paris to get him to reveal information about the operation. Downs interviews a number of U.S. troops who saw Millers dead body dumped outside a Parisian brothel, and he argues that the U.S. Army High Command created the fake story of Millers disappearance to keep the Nazis from claiming that they had broken Millers spirit. While Downss research has some merit, his breathlessly written suppositions sometimes read like the worst JFK assassination books. (Jan.)
 

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What to believe, what to believe.....out on Amazon; The Glenn Miller Conspiracy: The Never-Before-Told Story of His Life -- and Death [Paperback]
Hunton Downs (Author)

From Publishers Weekly
Journalist and WWII-veteran Downs has spent the last 50 years investigating the mysterious circumstances of the disappearance of big band leader Glenn Miller as his plane flew over the English Channel in 1944. Downss intriguing if far-fetched look at Millers final days presents a radical argument: Miller, an army major, was a U.S. spy who died while attempting to deliver a secret message from Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who was requesting a group of German generals to join a top-secret operation to disrupt Hitlers war plans. Using his access to secret documents before and after the war ended, Downs makes a strong argument that Miller was captured in France by Nazi spies and tortured and killed during an unsuccessful interrogation in Paris to get him to reveal information about the operation. Downs interviews a number of U.S. troops who saw Millers dead body dumped outside a Parisian brothel, and he argues that the U.S. Army High Command created the fake story of Millers disappearance to keep the Nazis from claiming that they had broken Millers spirit. While Downss research has some merit, his breathlessly written suppositions sometimes read like the worst JFK assassination books. (Jan.)

Whhaaaaattt ??? You gotta be kidding me.
 

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A US team is investigating if a plane carrying band leader Glenn Miller might have crashed off the Dorset coast. The UC-64A Norseman disappeared over the English Channel in 1944 in one of World War Two's most enduring mysteries.

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) is following up a claim from a fisherman who said he snagged a plane in his nets in 1987.

The aircraft and its three occupants have never been found.

TIGHAR said it remains a "possibility" it was Miller's plane.

An area off Portland Bill could be where the wreckage of the aircraft of Glenn Miller is located, US investigators have said.


No word on whether Amelia was aboard at the time.

January 14th, 2019
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-46863606
 

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