All that Jazz
by Steve Payne
says: what if Glen Miller had survived? Please note that the opinions
expressed in this satirical post do not necessarily reflect the views of the
November 1st 1948,
to comment on Reddit.Major Glen Miller flew out of Templehof
Airport the morning after a special Halloween Concert in which his Army
Air Force Band had performed live Jazz Music for the US Troops that had
been stationed in Berlin ever since the Soviet Blockade had begun in June.
It was the most dangerous journey the Band had taken since the fateful
flight to Paris in December 1944. Ordered by General Eisenhower to leave
RAF Twinwood Farm "on or about the 15th", an unfortunate choice of timing
combined with the actions of their rookie pilot who had misread the
instruments of their single-engine Noorduyn Norseman bush plane.
During their flight over the English Channel, they had very nearly
wandered into a jettison zone where no less than one hundred and
thirty-eight Lancaster bombers were about to release approximately one
hundred thousand incendiaries in a designated area before landing.
Fortunately, tragedy was averted by Air Force navigator Fred Shaw who
spotted the small, single-engined monoplane in the path of the bombers.
The true nature of the flight to Paris would later emerge. Because Miller
(who was a fluent German speaker) had been enlisted by Eisenhower to
covertly attempt to convince some German officers to end the war early.
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