|Glenn Miller And His Effect On|
The Troops In WWII
On December 15, 1944, a single engine UC-64 Norseman USAAF aircraft taking
off from RAF Twinwood Farm, near Bedford, England, disappeared over the
English Channel never to be heard from again. On board among the three
servicemen was Major Glenn Miller. Miller was going to Paris to make plans to
move his entire band there. Miller and his orchestra were tremendously popular
in the USA and abroad in the late thirties and early forties with his unique sound
and style. With the outbreak of World War Two, in 1942, too old to be drafted,
he tried to join the US Navy, but was rejected. After applying for duty with the
US Army, he was accepted and later transferred to the USAAF. From 1942 until
1944, the Miller band performed in England as both a marching band and as the
Glenn Miller Orchestra, so popular to the many servicemen and women on both
sides of the continent as well as the English and other nations. Although Miller
had never performed in the Pacific theater, Tokyo Rose would include his music
in her propaganda broadcasts to allied forces in the Pacific. Many an airman,
returning from Missions over Japan would listen to his music, including that of
Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw and Sammy Kaye as well as keeping up with the
latest baseball scores. Today, the Glenn Miller sound can still be heard from
oldie radio stations and bands that still copy his unique style. To honor his
memory, a bust outside the Corn Exchange, Bedford, England was erected where
Miller played in World War II.
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