Clue to the mysterious disappearance of bandleader Glenn Miller in plane-spotter’s log

BBC News – Glenn Miller clue found in Reading plane-spotter’s log.

It was a foggy afternoon on 15 December, 1944 when the Norseman aircraft carrying Glenn Miller flew close to Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Soon after it would be seen for the last time at Beachy Head in East Sussex.

What happened next to the craft and its famous passenger, who led the World War II big band craze, has never been uncovered.

No sign of the aircraft was ever found and Miller’s disappearance remains one of World War II’s most enduring mysteries.

And until now, it had never been confirmed the route the aircraft had taken saw it travel by Maidenhead.

The most recent discovery started with a 17-year-old plane-spotter in 1944, who meticulously logged each plane he saw flying overhead while he worked at an airfield in Woodley, Reading.

The now deceased Richard Anderton had two small notebooks filled with details of the locations of passing aircraft, estimated altitude and directions of flight.

On 15 December 1944, he logged a UC-64A-type aircraft passing on the horizon to his east and flying below the fog in a south-easterly direction.

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