Sunset Serenade broadcast: Flying officer Metzler* from the Canadian Armed Forces with Glenn Miller (at right)
Bassist Doc Goldberg can be seen in the background.
*This is J5666 Squadron leader Harry Warren Metzler (b. 13 March 1914 – d. 31 March 1944)
The above picture was taken by an amateur photographer Gordon McLeod. He passed away in 1993. Sadly, no photograph was taken by the London Free Press. (photo courtesy of Christopher Doty)
JBNBlog bows to Glenn Miller ( March 1, 1904- 1944), the American bandleader who played a famous gig at the old London Arena on Jan. 24, 1942.
Quebec-based Glenn Miller expert Alain LeBlanc is seeking information on Donald Gordon McLeod, a London businessperson and amateur photographer. The image of Miller and RCAF squadron leader Henry Warren Metzler is a poignant one. Both men were to die in 1944. It is also poignant that the late London historian Christopher Doty sent the image to LeBlanc. Chris continues to inspire JBNBlog .
Any information about McLeod or the image will be passed on to Alain LeBlanc, who has helped London researchers on many occasions. Alain would like to reach out to McLeod’s family.
Here’s a personal moment . . .
Memories: My beloved remembers her mother receiving a boxed set of 45s of Glenn Miller hits from her father at Christmas c. 1958. The box was pale green and there were about four to six records in it . . . her parents must have danced to Glenn Miller sounds in England during the Second World War. My beloved remembers listening to Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree. Who were the singers, JBNBlog wonders.
Over to Alain LeBlanc:
The above picture was taken by amateur photographer Gordon McLeod. He passed away in 1993. Donald Gordon McLeod was born in London, Ontario in 1914. A businessman with a life-long interest in photography, he would pursue various formats over the decades starting with black and white and then moving on to colour in the 1950′s. He gained much recognition for his work both nationally and internationally. Mr. McLeod also taught photography and audio visual techniques in London schools. Although most of his negatives were lost in a basement flood in 1968, some of his work still survives in private collections.
Here are details on Glenn Miller’s death from glennmiller.com . . .
As his band prepared to embark on a tour of Europe, Miller boarded a flight to Paris on December 15, 1944 to make preparatory arrangements for the rest of his group. Sadly, the transport on which Miller was a passenger disappeared over the English Channel and was never recovered. The disappearance of Miller’s aircraft may have been caused by bad weather. However, records also suggest that bombs, jettisoned by Allied bombers returning from an aborted mission, may have inadvertently struck the plane. Even after Glenn Miller’s disappearance, his army band continued to play for troops, performing up until August 1945, at which time the group returned to New York and its members were discharged.