8. Glenn Miller – Plane Disappears Over English Channel
Glenn Miller was one of the most popular and successful bandleaders of the big band jazz era of the 1930’s and 40’s. His #1 hit “In The Mood” is remembered today as perhaps the definitive staple of swing music, still bringing audiences of all ages and generations to their feet and to the dance floor. On December 14, 1944, he boarded a flight to Paris, intending to perform a show for Allied soldiers during World War II. His small plane disappeared over the English Channel, and he was never seen again.
It took seven decades, but in 2014, researchers at the University of Colorado believe they finally figured out exactly what happened. Researcher Dennis Spragg believes the plane was flying low in order to counteract poor visibility, and at the same time, the fuel intakes froze, causing an almost immediate crash. Another popular theory is that Miller’s plane was shot down in a tragic friendly fire incident, but the evidence of that theory was merely circumstantial.