Farmer Hero Who Captured Rudolf Hess 1941

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  • "VS of the Scottish farmer" - his name is David McLean. The elderly lady seen with him later is his mother.

    "GV of the farm" - it's called Floor's Farm.

    jamied 13th Apr 2013
  • "location and dates unclear or unknown." - the location is Eaglesham, Scotland.

    jamied 13th Apr 2013
  • Floors Farm was owned by Basil and Margaret Baird. The ploughman at the farm was Davy McLean, and from the cottage where he lived with his mother he observed a parachutist landing.

    He picked up a pitch fork and ran towards Hess. Davy McLean helped Hess to his feet and assisted Hess to his cottage where he was offered a cup of tea by Mrs McLean. He refused the tea but requested a glass of water, if that were possible. On Sunday, the next day, hundreds of cars and people flocked to see the burnt out plane which was now a heap of scrap.

    Floors Farm had a quiet day on Monday until the news came through on the radio that Hess had disappeared from Germany. The next few days were fully occupied with reporters and the BBC very much in evidence and the event appeared on the cinema newsreels.

    It is reported that Davy McLean and his mother were thoroughly fed up with the whole business by the end of the week.

    Source: May 18 2011 By Bill Niven, East Kilbride News

    Henry Page 17th Aug 2013

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