Glenn Miller – Another Mysterious Disappearance

On December 15, 1944 Glenn Miller took off in a light plane from England to entertain troops in France. The weather at the time was atrocious and he was told to wait, but he said the troops needed him. He disappeared somewhere over the English Channel. No trace of him or his plane have ever been found. He was only 40 years old.

Glenn Miller was arguably the greatest Big Band leader of the era. His music was the anthem of the 1940’s. Girls swooned and men cheered his band’s sound. It was like rock and roll today.

During the Second World War he and his band volunteered to travel to the war zone and entertain the troops. They also traveled all over the United States building morale and selling War Bonds.

His story was told in the 1953 movie, “The Glenn Miller Story”, starring James Stewart.

On this day in 1942 he was awarded the first ever Gold Record for selling 1.2 million copies of “Chattanooga Choo Choo”. Other great songs include, “In the Mood”, “Moonlight Serenade”, and “Pennsylvania 6-5000”.

The United States Postal Service issued a stamp in 1996 honoring him. It is shown below.

6 Responses to Glenn Miller – Another Mysterious Disappearance

  1. Dominique says:

    I never realized Miller was so young when he disappeared.

  2. Lyra says:

    My grandmother was a big fan of Glenn Miller. She helped build planes during WWII while my grandfather fought in the Aleutian Islands against Japan.

    I never knew he had a mysterious disappearance.

    • stamperdad says:

      Thanks Lyra. Yes and as you can see he wasn’t very old. Although I’m not from his generation, I love the music. My Mom and Dad used to dance to it. I got hooked when I saw the movie on TV years ago.

  3. Roland Austin says:


    Seems like I read somewhere, years ago, that Glenn Miller’s plane was shot down by “friendly fire.” Have you ever heard anything of that sort?

    • stamperdad says:

      That’s one theory, but again has never been confirmed. If the plane could be found this might help in solving if it was shot down or the weather caused it to ditch. At this point in time I don’t believe anyone is actively looking for the plane.

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