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    Nice shots of the Scottish farmer who captured Rudolf Hess when he landed on his farm.

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    Unused / unissued material - location and dates unclear or unknown.


    VS of the Scottish farmer who captured Rudolf Hess after he parachuted onto his land. We see him ploughing and posing for camera.

    GV of the farm where Hess landed.


    Cataloguer's Note: This is part of one of the strangest stories of the War when Nazi leader Hess flew from Germany and landed in a farmer's field in Scotland in May 1941 - MD.

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    British Pathé
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    Black & White
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    01:48:31:00 / 01:50:33:00
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  1. Unknown user says

    "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.

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  2. Unknown user says

    "location and dates unclear or unknown." - the location is Eaglesham, Scotland.

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  3. Unknown user says

    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

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