“Oranges and Lemons”
The primary mission of Capt. Glenn Miller and the Army Air Forces Band (Special) when they were sent to the European Theater of Operations (ETO) and assigned to Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), was radio broadcasting. In the words of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, when he requested their transfer to the ETO on May 24, 1944, “there is no organization available and better suited for this purpose than the 2001st Army Air Forces Base Unit (Radio Production) commanded by Capt. GLENN MILLER.” At the recommendation of senior officers including former CBS executive and Eisenhower’s aide-de-camp Capt. Harry Butcher, USNR (and Iowa State graduate), the Supreme Commander had ordered the creation of an all-allied radio broadcasting service with the cooperation of the BBC and the American Forces Network. Capt. Miller and the Army Air Forces Band (Special) would immediately become the “crown jewel” of the Allied Expeditionary Forces Program (AEFP) when they arrived in the UK.
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