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Memories of Glenn Miller's last days in the Anglia region

American bandleader Glenn Miller spent the last few months of his life in the Anglia region.

Famous American bandleader Glenn Miller spent the last few months of his life in the Anglia region.

It was back in 1944 during the Second World War that an aircraft, which was carrying the musician as a passenger, went missing en route to France - having taken off from RAF Twinwood Farm near Bedford.

Glenn Miller also played one of his last concerts at an airfield near Peterborough.

  • ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes has been visiting some of the places where the musician is still commemorated

WW2 aircraft takes to the skies again 77 years after crashing

A restored Hawker Hurricane takes to the skies 77 years after crash landing at Dunkirk. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Second World War aircraft grounded for nearly 80 years after crashing has once again taken to the skies.

The Hawker Hurricane is one of ten saved by a restoration business at Elmsett near Ipswich.

14,000 of the planes were made for the RAF during the war but now only a handful exist.

The latest project restored a plane which crash landed in Dunkirk in 1940 but is now flying again after a painstaking rebuilding process.

  • Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Hannah Pettifer

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Cambridge prisoner of war's Christmas letters

One of John Crook's letters. Credit: St John's College, University of Cambridge.

Christmas letters written by a Cambridge academic while he was a prisoner of war have been published for the first time.

John Crook wrote the notes at the age of 22 after being captured in Italy during the Allied landings in 1943.

They are described as "unyieldingly positive" despite the notoriously tough conditions at the Stalag Luft VIII-B camp.

In one letter, he optimistically predicted he and his fellow prisoners would "do all right" over the festive season thanks to a supply of Red Cross parcels, and plenty of fuel and entertainment.

His correspondence is now available to view online through the St John's College archives.

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