ACA Woking News by Bill Bawden, PRO

18 May 2010

The Mystery of Rudolf Hess

Tony Eaton
  Derrick Croisdale

Rudolf Hess
  Derrick Croisdale
Members and guests at the recent meeting of the AirCrew Association at Fairoaks Aerodrome were given an intriguing illustrated talk by Tony Eaton on the story of Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess.

Hess flew on a solo mission to Scotland in 1941, shortly before the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, parachuting into the Duke of Hamilton's estate to be captured by the local Home Guard. Rumours circulated that he had brought an offer of peace terms from the Fuhrer which he hoped would be conveyed to the British government by the duke who had been prominent in the pre-war "Peace Movement". If this was his intention, Hess had miscalculated, for he was detained in Britain for the remainder of the war and sentenced to life imprisonment at the Nuremberg trials following it.

However, many of the aspects of Hess's actions, his treatment after his capture and even his suicide while still a prisoner in Spandau in 1987, have left unanswered questions, and Mr Eaton set out the speculations, some fanciful, others more convincing, to explain the gaps in the official version. Conspiracy theories abound with some alleging that the destruction or failure to release government papers point to a cover-up to protect the reputations of certain establishment figures. Perhaps in time we may learn the truth.

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