Footage of Glenn Miller at Southwick House sought

The Glenn Miller Orchestra after landing at Thorney Island in 1944. Glenn is standing on the far left

The Glenn Miller Orchestra after landing at Thorney Island in 1944. Glenn is standing on the far left

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In an article a couple of years ago, I mentioned that the American bandleader Glenn Miller and his Orchestra might have played at Rugby Camp, the former army establishment at Hilsea, Portsmouth.

It was never proved or disproved – but what is for certain is that the band played at Southwick House (HMS Dryad), now a tri-service establishment on the outskirts of Southwick village, on August 4, 1944.

Ray Gibson, a Glenn Miller fanatic, tells me that Glenn and the boys landed at the Thorney Island RAF base near Emsworth and he has a photograph of them waiting for onward transportation.

It was only four months later that Miller disappeared. Ray believes that some airmen at Thorney Island may have had cine-cameras and filmed them. It would be of great interest if anybody has anything recorded.

Ray tells me that no-one at Southwick has any record or knowledge of Miller being there. But therse must be someone with some information out there.

If anyone can help, please ring Ray on 01243 374217.

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