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Bandleader Glenn Miller inspired the World War II generation and boosted morale with many popular songs.
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On December 15, Miller boarded a transport plane headed to the newly liberated French capital. He intended to make preparations for his group's new series of concerts there, but he never arrived.
What happened to Miller's plane remains a mystery. Neither the plane nor Miller's body was ever recovered. He left his wife Helen and their two children. Miller's military band continued to play for months after his death,
and the Glenn Miller Orchestra was revived after the war to honor his legacy. Collections of his greatest hits did well on the charts for several years after his passing as well. Jimmy Stewart later starred in the popular film The Glenn Miller Story (1954), which was loosely based on Miller's life.
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