December 15th, 1994: Bandleader Major Glenn Miller, lost over the English Channel.
The best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943, leading his self-titled band the “Glenn Miller Orchestra”. Miller’s hits include “In the Mood”, “Pennsylvania 6-5000”, “Chattanooga Choo Choo”, “A String of Pearls” and “Little Brown Jug”.
He disappeared in 1944 in bad weather over the English Channel while traveling to entertain allied troops in France during World War II in a suspected plane crash. His body was never found. In 2014, long overlooked military documents were discovered which indicate Miller’s plane probably crashed in the English Channel after its fuel intakes froze.
Born: March 1, 1904
Birthplace: Clarinda, Iowa, USA
Died: December 15, 1944 (aged 40)
Cause of Death: Probable plane crash over the English Channel