Taxi driver George Tyler might have been puzzled when his fare asked him to go to Derby. For the passenger, an RAF man who was described as somewhat agitated, got into the cab at Birmingham’s New Street Station. That was a long trip, and the next train to Derby was in 45 minutes.

That morning, APRIL 30th, 1947, other cabbies heard the airman asking to go to Derby, but the taxi never got there. At High Bridge, on the A38 Derby to Burton-on-Trent road, the passenger fired three bullets into the cabby’s head, then vanished.

The police interviewed more than 1,000 RAF personnel, but no one was ever arrested. To this day the murder of cabby George Tyler remains unsolved.