Capt. R B Hesketh, MC was involved in the capture of Admiral Doenitz and maybe his Mercedes
April 1, 2011
My name is Oliver Dempsey. My grandfather, Capt. R B Hesketh, MC was involved in the capture of Admiral Doenitz. Whilst alive my grandfather spoke little of his war, but there were a few stories that slipped out and were glossed over before he died.
One of these was when i was young and involved the Admirals arrest. My grandfather gave me a set of keys to a Mercedes in a red leather keyring and showed me a photograph of the car they belonged to. The photo was of a photo in a glass case with the imperial flags taken from the car flanking the photo.
I was told these were the keys to Doenitz's car.
I have no way of verifying this and your are my starting point in this pursuit. Any information you might have would be very much appreciated.
What a fascinating story, I have not been able to turn up details of the Admiral's Mercedes Car at the time of his capture, but he certainly had such a car in Flensburg.
Do you still have those keys if so, could you perhaps photograph them and send me a copy so we might add the photo and the story to AHOY?