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German parachutist landed at Old Mill
9:59am Thursday 5th September 2013 in Postbag
I CAME to Salisbury from London during the battle of Britain as a young boy with my sister and we moved into a corner house in Mill Road, Salisbury, called Danby House, which is no longer there.
I believe my sister and myself were responsible for the capture of a German parachutist who landed in Harnham during the war, although we never heard anything from anyone following his capture, and for the last 72 years have wondered what happened to him and the people who helped him.
My sister and I were walking along the Old Mill town path at dusk. When we were at the back of the Old Mill I happened to look back and saw someone flashing a torch from a top rear window of the Old Mill. We watched it for a while, it would stop every now and then and start again.
There was a small army post between a pub and the Old Mill so I ran round there, saw a soldier, explained to him what we had seen and he came back with me.
We waited about five minutes and the signalling started again. The soldier told us to go home and they would look into it.
About two days later we heard that a German parachutist had been captured in Harnham. I have always wondered what happened to him and the person responsible for signalling from the window. I think the people living at the Old Mill at the time were called Fospit or something similar.
If you could find any reference to this wartime event, you would make an old man very happy after all these years.
LEONARD ELPHICK, Firsdown
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