Per Ardua Ad Astra

 

With the publication of Glenn Miller Declassified, the media in the United Kingdom are zeroing in on Part 3 and Chapter 7 of the comprehensive narrative, which details Number 3 Group and 149 Squadron of RAF Bomber Command and their activities before, during and following their recalled (aborted) December 15, 1944 mission to attack Seigen, Germany. The 138 Avro Lancaster bombers that sortied that morning were recalled at 12:30A (BST) because their RAF Mustang III fighter escort was weathered in at their aerodromes and could not rendezvous to escort the bombers over the target. At the moment of recall, ten squadrons were spread out in a stream of three and four aircraft formations from near Amiens, France back to Beachy Head. The aircraft scattered with some three and four aircraft Vics and Boxes returning via the planned return route for the mission, which was over the North Sea and The Naze. Others returned via the outbound route via Beachy Head and a detailed path east of London. All of the bombers had to jettison bombs to lose weight for landing at their aerodromes. Some of them used a designated jettison area in the English Channel, which was near an air transport corridor. Among these Lancaster aircraft was NF 973 of 149 Squadron. The navigator on that aircraft recalled forty years later that he saw a C-64 Norseman pass underneath his aircraft during the bomb jettison procedure and that he then realized that the aircraft, in his opinion, caused the crash of the C-64 Norseman carrying Maj. Glenn Miller as a passenger. Was he right? Did the Royal Air Force accidentally cause the death of the world’s most popular bandleader? Learn the comprehensive facts and answer in Glenn Miller Declassified by Dennis M. Spragg, from Potomac Books and University of Nebraska Press.