FW3-2: Enemy Fire

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FW3-2: Enemy Fire

Postby Lynnedean » Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:38 pm

FW3-2: Enemy Fire (detailed summary)

Hastings, February 1941

Digby Manor is a huge rambling building set in a country estate, it's battlemented parapet giving it the appearance of a castle. Inside, Sir Michael Waterford sits miserable and alone at the head of a long dining table. As his housekeeper Mrs Roecastle serves him tea, she assures him that everything will all be all right and that she will still be looking after him. He replies that he knows he can depend on her and that he'd better get moving because "they'll be here any time now."

"They" arrive in a convoy of cars, and lorries marked with the red cross, by which time Waterford has left. A very pleased Patrick Jamieson climbs out of one of the cars and asks his colleague Brian Wrenn what he thinks of the place. Wrenn remarks that it's big, to which Jamieson replies that it's perfect. He adds that it's not often that you get what you ask for, to which Wrenn replies, "If we can hang on to it."

Bathtubs and medical equipment are unloaded and carried into the house, and Jamieson leads the Matron and nurses inside to show them the rooms he intends to use as wards. Wrenn sticks a notice on the door of the property, informing readers that the manor is an RAF requisition under the Emergency Powers (Defence) Act 1939.

Matron Grace Petrie reels off to Jamieson a list of complaints about the state and usefulness of the building. He is full of enthusiasm and tells her that they have a whole week to do the necessary before the first patients arrive. The Matron gives him a look that expresses exactly what she thinks of his optimism.

Another car arrives, bearing Grp Cpt. Lawrence Smythe. Wrenn greets him a little warily but Jamieson comes bouncing out of the front door, shakes his hand with vigour and asks if he had a good journey down from the ministry. Smythe looks around at the moving-in activity and sourly comments that it looks like organised chaos. Jamieson says with a grin that there's nothing organised about it.

Looking at the room being prepared as the main ward, the Group Captain indicates a piano and says it will need to be removed, but Jamieson says it's only just arrived. Smythe is puzzled when someone pushes a barrel of beer in on a wheelchair.

Waterford moves into a cottage on the estate, looking very forlorn. Mrs Roecastle explains that she has offered to clean at the manor and will be staying there as it wouldn't be proper to remain in the cottage. She says she is returning there but will be back at lunchtime. As she leaves, she sees her employer examining a revolver that he has taken from his briefcase.

Two weeks later

In the churchyard in Hastings, DCS Foyle stands at a graveside. He contemplates the past as he looks with great sadness at the headstone, which reads:
    Rosalind Foyle
After a little time of revisiting his grief, he walks away from the grave slowly and with head bowed. Sam has been waiting nearby, and joins him. As they walk together, she asks when his wife died and is told "Nine years ago today."
"That's a very long time."
"Well…" Foyle pauses in sadness of thought for a moment. "Not very."

He suddenly decides against leaving so soon, and stops to look back, saying he's just going to hang on a second or two longer.

Sam enquires of her boss what his wife was like, saying that he never talks about her and that she hopes he doesn't mind her asking.
He replies, "No, no, no, of course not. Well, she was, em, she was highly thought of and, er, much loved, and… you'd have liked her."
"You must miss her terribly."
The fact that Foyle does is evident on his face as he replies, "Yes." He begins to walk back, but stops and turns again. "No. We should go."

Andrew Foyle's Spitfire lands on the airfield of his base. He has difficulty opening the cockpit, and an aircraft maintenance mechanic has to climb onto the wing to assist him. Andrew is furious and storms over to another mechanic, Gordon Drake. An argument ensues. Andrew accuses Drake of not attending to the reported fault with the slide on the cockpit, but the mechanic protests that he did. Andrew blasts him, saying that he's lying, and demands to know how can he be expected to fly sortie after sortie if he can't trust his plane. Drake responds with insolence. Andrew says angrily that the mechanic has no idea what goes on in the air and doesn't care.

Greville Woods, a friend and fellow pilot, interrupts the encounter and drags Andrew away, telling him that Drake isn't worth it. As they leave, Woods instructs Drake to attend to the slide, and Drake snaps that he'll do it again.

Hastings police station. Peter Preston, a recently transferred ARP warden, signs out after his night's shift, and as he leaves the building, Foyle arrives. Preston introduces himself, saying that he is going to be based there for a while and that he then has a post at the King's Arms. Foyle remarks that he'd probably much rather be in a pub than in a police station. Preston laughs and says he doesn't drink.

Brian Wrenn calls at the reception desk and as he is beginning to explain why he is there, Detective Sergeant Paul Milner spots him. Milner reminds the man that it was he who operated on him after he was wounded in Trondheim the year before. The surgeon suddenly remembers: "Left leg, an inch below the tibial tuberosity. Yes, of course!"

When Milner is told that the reason Wrenn has come is rather awkward, he takes him to see the DCS.

Wrenn tells Foyle that Patrick Jamieson is a genius. He explains that the man studied with Archibald MacIndoe and that the pair have revolutionised reconstructive surgery and the treatment of burns. "I mean, I don't need to tell you how many young pilots there are coming down horribly burned."
Foyle says quietly, "No, you don't." Milner casts him a glance, understanding what prompted his boss's thoughtful response.

Wrenn explains that about six months ago somebody noticed that pilots who crashed into the Channel healed more quickly. MacIndoe realised that it was because there was salt in the water, and so had developed a treatment using saline baths, which is what they are doing in Hastings. Wrenn says that it appears that someone is trying to sabotage the work, and explains that since they took over Digby Manor two weeks ago, there has been a series of "accidents" such as paperwork going missing, disinfectant mixed with the milk and sheets being torn.

When Foyle asks if they suspect anyone, Wrenn mentions the owner of the house Sir Michael Waterford. Foyle remarks that the man is as a local hero, injured in the last war. Wrenn says he was turned out of his house and is having to live in a cottage on the estate, so he thinks the police should talk to him.

The DCS is hesitant, saying that he can't justify questioning a man like that on the strength of the surgeon's suspicions. Wrenn is exasperated, asking angrily if the police are going to wait until somebody is killed. He storms out of the office.

Foyle indicates to Milner to follow, and the sergeant catches up with Wrenn in the hallway. He advises him to log an official report the next time something happens, and says they'll then see what they can do.

Andrew is questioned by his CO Wing Commander Turner about the incident with Drake. He explains that he is not happy with some of the maintenance work on his 'plane, but when Turner asks if he wants the man put on a charge, he says no. The CO tells him that it does nothing for morale when Andrew, of all people, is seen quarrelling with the maintenance crew, so if he has any problems in future, he is to come to him.

Turner then softens a little and asks how many ops Andrew has flown that week. When he learns that it is as many as fifteen, he says he needs a rest, and tells him to go home for the weekend. He says that Woods and all of the younger pilots admire Andrew a great deal, and warns him not to let them down. As the young pilot goes to the door, Turner adds "Don't let yourself down."


Foyle is walking down the station corridor when he spots Sam. She is in civilian clothes, her hair is down and she is wearing full makeup. He asks her if she is going out that night and she replies that she is. Her boss compliments her appearance: "You look very, em…" He doesn't need to finish the sentence.

She thanks him and asks if he will need her any more that night. He says no, he'll walk home, and wishes her a good time. Sam smiles and goes to the door. With an appreciative eye, her boss watches her leave.

Gordon Drake knocks at the door of the home of Mary Wrenn, who has arranged for him to call while her husband is out. Neither of them notices that the Aircraftsman has been seen by ARP warden Peter Preston, who is on night patrol.

Drake mends a fuse in the darkened house, and the lights come on again. He tells her he'll get her a couple of new light bulbs, saying he can get his hands on anything and that it's a shame her husband isn't up to it. She replies pointedly that her husband is never there. "All he ever thinks about is his work."

Drake gives her a pair of silk stockings and says to tell Wrenn that she got them from a friend. As they make to kiss, they are interrupted by Preston banging on the front door and yelling, "Put that light out!" They kiss and Drake exits the house by the back door.

Mary answers the front door and tells Preston that she has done the blackout, but he insists that light can be seen, and walks in. He indicates a curtain in the living room, which she pulls further closed. He asks if she is on her own, and she replies yes. He says he saw a man come in, and asks if it was her husband. She remarks that it's none of his business, but says it was Wrenn.

Preston asks if she is on the household register, and she replies that they are not because they haven't been there long. The warden then takes out a notebook and says he has to ask more questions: name, how many people live in the house, where they sleep, next of kin and so on. Mary tells him to do what he has to do.

Sam and Andrew sit at the bar of a pub, watching Greville Woods and his fiancée, Anne Bolton, who are seated a table.

Anne is delighted when Woods gives her an orange, as there is none in the shops and apples are one shilling a pound.

Andrew looks somewhat dishevelled and has had too much to drink. He comments that Anne works in an aircraft factory and his friend is talking about marrying her after the war. Sam asks if there is anything wrong with that and he replies moodily, "Making plans? Nothing I suppose."

Sam tells him that she hates it when he is in this kind of mood. He's says she's right, he's terrible company, and that he's going to push off. He informs her that his CO has given him weekend leave because he thinks he's suffering from battle fatigue. Sam offers to drive him, but he declines. He kisses her on the cheek, and leaves the pub.

Foyle is reading a book by the fire in the low-lit living room of his home when Andrew arrives. He is surprised to learn that his son has a weekend pass, but says it's good to see him. Andrew comments that his father is up very late. Foyle reaches for a glass of whisky on his chair-side table and simply replies, "Yup."

Andrew suddenly remembers what day it is, and apologises for not having been at the graveside with him. Foyle tells him that it's all right, he wasn't expecting him, but Andrew says he's let him down. Foyle shakes his head. "No, you've not let me down."

Andrew is full of remorse. He says that he seems to be letting everyone down at the moment and that in this case he simply forgot. Foyle says gently that it doesn't matter.
Andrew replies darkly, "No. Nothing much matters anymore."

As he turns to leave the room, his father asks if it is lipstick he has on his cheek.
Andrew remembers Sam's kiss and puts his hand up to his face. He attempts a grin and dismisses the tell-tale makeup with, "Evening out."
Foyle responds innocently, "Oh…" Then, with a little raising of an eyebrow, he adds teasingly, "Colour suits you."

As Jamieson checks the progress of a Thiersch graft he has done on the hand of a burns patient, the lights go out and he has to resort to using torches and candles to see clearly what he's doing. Afterwards, Wrenn tells him that someone turned off the mains electricity supply. Jamieson remarks that someone definitely has it in for the unit, and Wrenn says he has more bad news: Smythe wants to see him.

Group Captain Smythe is prowling around the hospital. He sees, joking with the Matron, a patient called Johnny Bridges, who has extensive scarring on his face and has suffered severe burn damage to his hands. The pilot is lounging on his bed with his RAF uniform jacket on over his pyjamas. He acknowledges the officer when he approaches, but is regarded disapprovingly, and sharply reprimanded for not sitting to attention. Smythe then demands that the Matron has the beer barrels removed from the ward.

Gordon Drake calls on Waterford in his cottage. Sir Michael is not pleased to see him. The Aircraftsman asks if the older man's leg is causing bother in the damp weather, and receives assurance that it is not. Waterford greets with stoicism the news that Drake is not going to be able to pay the rent again, and is not surprised when the man asks for money, ostensibly for repairs to the roof of his house. "How much this time? He tells Drake that he has none, and is told that any time will do.

Smythe confronts Jamieson in his office in Digby Manor. He says that he has great admiration for the surgeon's work, but finds his methods highly unorthodox, such as allowing the men to drink beer while on duty. Jamieson asks angrily if the officer doesn't think the men have done their duty and can be allowed to relax a little now. Smythe snaps, "Not while they are part of the RAF, no!"

He demands to know why the men are not properly dressed, and describes Bridges as a disgrace. Jamieson explains that the flight lieutenant's Wellington was shot down over Gillsenkirken, and although he suffered extensive burns, his actions saved his crew. "And this is the man you're saying was a disgrace."

Smythe says he was referring to the lack of correct hospital uniforms. He is shocked to learn that the surgeon destroyed them all because they made the men look and feel like prisoners. Jamieson points out that, in any case, many of the men can't use their fingers, so can't fasten buttons. He challenges the Group Captain by asking what he intends to do about it. Smythe snaps that he is going to make a report, and Jamieson retorts, "Right. You do just that."

As he leaves the building, Smythe is watched by Mrs Roecastle, who is vacuuming the stairs, and he is watched by Matron Petrie from an upstairs window as he steps out of the front door of the building to wait for his transport.

Waterford enters the grounds of Digby Manor by a side gate, trying not to be observed.

A short time later, a car pulls up in front of the manor and Smythe climbs in. As he does so, a heavy stone lion, one of two ornamental features on the parapet of the building, crashes down onto the vehicle's bonnet. No one is hurt, but Smythe is very shaken.

Andrew is called in to see his CO, who says he has instructions from the Air Officer Commanding. The German U-boat fleet are sinking around 40,000 tons of shipping a month and the Admiralty suspect that they are operating out of a new facility in Le Havre. They need someone to check it out that night, using a new camera that photographs heat, but they need a very slow pass.

Andrew is concerned that such a flight would be very risky. "The Spit's Merlin will be lit up like a Christmas tree!"

When Turner asks what he thinks of Greville Woods for the job, Andrew proposes himself for the flight, saying that there's no doubt Woods is a good flier, but his Spitfire is in dock. Turner replies, "Well he can take yours."

Foyle and Milner stand with Wrenn on the roof of Digby Manor, looking over the parapet immediately above the front door. Foyle asks who, apart from Sir Michael, would have a key to the roof. Wrenn mentions Waterford's housekeeper, explaining that she still lives in the manor and helps with the laundry and cleaning, and says he has a full set himself.

Milner looks at the back of the remaining stone figure on the parapet and queries, "A lion and a unicorn?" Wrenn says they appear on Sir Michael's coat of arms and that his family have owned the place since the Magna Carta.

Milner tells his boss that the stone of the unicorn figure is almost completely corroded. When Foyle suggests that, in that case, it could have been an accident, Wrenn protests, and Milner observes that it wouldn't take a great deal to push the unicorn over the edge, too. The surgeon asks what it could be other than sabotage, to which Foyle replies that it seems Smythe isn't the most popular of people, so "Attempted murder?"

In Jamieson's office, the surgeon warns Foyle not to put the idea that he could be the victim of attempted murder into the Group Captain's head, because he's self-important enough as it is. Foyle smiles and asks if it's correct that the surgeon and Group Captain argued immediately before the incident. Jamieson is astonished that he could be suspected and says that he saves lives, he doesn't take them. He looks pointedly at the DCS and asks him whose side he is on. When Foyle replies that he's on no one's side, Jamieson points out that if someone is wanting to close the place down, the latest incident, a police investigation and someone like the DCS with his suspicions, might be enough to help them succeed.

Milner interviews Waterford in his cottage. He says one of the nurses saw him go into Digby Manor just before the statue fell. Sir Michael says he goes in and out all the time to keep an eye on things. He resents what he feels is an accusation and says he couldn't have gone quickly up the stairs to the roof because he has great difficulty walking. He explains that he was wounded during the Battle of the Messine Ridge in June 1917, while serving with the 11th Kent Fusiliers.

Milner says it must be difficult to lose his home in this way, and Waterford wearily replies that he thought he'd be left in peace, which is what he wanted.

Mrs Roecastle comes in with her employer's lunch in a basket. Milner asks her if she was at the manor that morning and she replies nervously that she was, but was cleaning on the first floor. "I didn't see anything. I heard the crash, looked out of the window and there was Grp Cpt Smythe. Then I heard Dr Wrenn come running downstairs."

While waiting outside the manor for Foyle and Milner, Sam is approached by Johnny Bridges, who chats her up and asks if she has a cigarette. She has some in a case, and gives him one, but she has to light it for him because the injuries he sustained have so badly damaged his hands. He tells her he was a pilot but doesn't know what he's going to do in the future.

He mentions that the patients are putting on a show the next evening, and suggests that Sam attend. He remarks to her that if somebody really did try to kill Smythe, it certainly wasn't him, because he wouldn't have missed, and they laugh.

Sam looks pensive as the badly scarred young pilot walks away.

Andrews walks with Greville Woods across the airfield towards a Spitfire. Woods thanks Andrew because, he says, without his say-so, the CO wouldn't have trusted him with this mission and it means a lot to him. Andrew tells his friend that it was his ability that secured him the mission, not help from him.

As they say their goodbyes, Woods asks that if anything goes wrong, Andrew will tell Anne that he was thinking of her. He climbs into the cockpit of the Spitfire and takes off for France.

Brian Wrenn is about to enter the front door of his home when he is approached by Peter Preston, who asks to speak with him.

In the Drake's cottage on the Digby Manor estate, Beryl Drake puts a plate of corned beef and cabbage on the table for her husband's tea. He complains about the food, but she says there is nothing else in the house. An argument ensues when she comments about where he goes at night and then says that Drake has spent all that her father gave her. The altercation turns nasty. Beryl warns her husband that she knows what is going on between him and Waterford, and threatens to tell. Drake smashes a fist into her face, knocking her to the floor. He then takes off his belt and proceeds to beat her with it.

Trouble is also brewing in the Wrenn home. Husband and wife sit at the tea table, but while she eats, he just stares silently down at his plate. When he speaks, he asks Mary to tell him about Gordon Drake. She admits he has been to the house, but says it was only to mend a fuse. Wrenn doesn't believe her, and she asks sarcastically if he intends to stick a knife in Drake. Anger begins to well up in Wrenn. He grabs Mary's wrist, saying that she doesn't know him and doesn't understand his feelings. He attempts to force a kiss on her, but she pushes him away, saying that he doesn't have feelings any more, not for her, and she leaves the room.

By comparison, in the Foyle household there is peace. Foyle and his son are relaxing in the living room, playing chess on a coffee table by the light of a flickering fire. Andrew makes a move that allows his opponent to achieve checkmate. Father tells son he is not concentrating, but Andrew simply says, "You're too good for me."

Foyle knows otherwise and rubs his fingers across his brow, a typical indication of concern. He prompts Andrew to tell him what the problem is and his son begins by reminding him that he's not flying at the moment. Foyle remarks that he can't say he's sorry because it's good to have him home. Andrew goes on to explain that he's been top dog in the squadron for the last few months, but today his CO stood him down from a very important op. Six months ago he'd have given anything to have done the flight.

Foyle sits back in his chair and remarks that a lot has happened in six months, and his son confirms it by admitting that he was actually relieved not to have been sent on the mission, because he hadn't wanted to fly and had even handed over his own plane. Foyle asks him if he feels guilty about that.

"Yes, I suppose I do. But I wonder… what happens now? What happens next?"
"Well, personally speaking, I'd rather you never flew again, but both of us know that's not going to happen, because you'll have to. So until we're the other side of this we're going to have to live day-to-day and hope for the best."
"The best?"
"That we at least get through it."

Greville Woods' Spitfire comes home trailing thick, black smoke. It crash lands on the airfield and explodes in flame. The pilot screams in agony as men try to open the cockpit, but precious minutes are lost when the slide resists. Woods is finally pulled clear of the inferno, but he is very badly burned.

In Hastings police station, Milner tells Foyle about Gordon Drake, explaining that he is an erk (ground-based Aircraftsman) who has a billet on the 'drome but lives with his wife in a rented cottage on the Digby Manor estate. He has done time for assault and demanding money with menaces. The two policemen consider the possibility of Waterford having employed Drake to get Jamieson out of the manor.

Foyle and Milner visit Waterford, and learn that Drake's father was his batman during the previous war. When Waterford got a bullet in the leg, his batman got him out of the trench. He died in a car accident after the war. When his son turned up at Digby Manor needing somewhere to live, Waterford thought letting him have a cottage was the least he could do.

Foyle asks if he lives there for nothing and Waterford replies, "No, no, no. He pays his rent… sometimes."

The policemen's next call is on Beryl Drake. When she answers the door, Foyle is concerned to see bruises on her face, but she gives a fall as an explanation. She tells them that her husband isn't home. She says he's there only when on leave and then only after the pubs are shut.

Andrew drives to Digby Manor by motorbike. He sees Sam waiting by the Wolseley for her boss but walks past her, indicating that he hasn't time to talk.

Inside, he asks Matron Petrie if he may see Greville Woods, but she says it is not possible at present. She tells him that the pilot has severe burns to his face and hands; that he cannot see and that the condition might prove permanent. Andrew pleads and the Matron consents to a very short visit. She takes him to the treatment room where Jamieson is bathing Woods' burns in a saline solution, and Andrew is hit hard by the sight. The surgeon realises he is there, and instructs the Matron to take him out. His friend does not know he has been.

Outside the manor, Andrew, in sombre mood, tells Sam that Woods might lose his sight. He says the man was in his 'plane and that the cockpit wouldn't open. Sam begins to tell him that his father is there, but Andrew's mind is elsewhere. He abruptly announces that he is going to find Drake, and climbs onto his motorbike. He tells Sam to get Anne and explain to her that she needs to come to the manor, and then drives off.

Foyle and Milner look around Digby Manor. On checking the only staircase leading to the roof, the DCS notes the covering and comments that he must remember to get his attic stairs carpeted.

The two men run into Jamieson in the downstairs hall, who tells them that Smythe is writing his report. He believes it will be unfavourable and that having the police there doesn't help. He mocks, "The police investigating the RAF - not the done thing, old bean!"

Foyle asks if he'd rather they left, but Jamieson says no, they're having their first concert party that night and he wants them to be there. Foyle is about to decline the invitation, but Jamieson pre-empts him, saying refusals aren't allowed. "And you can bring that pretty driver of yours. Attractive women in uniform – that's what makes the war worth fighting, eh?" He chuckles.

Sam goes to the aircraft factory and breaks the news about Woods to Anne. When she explains that he was so badly burned because his canopy wouldn't open, Anne immediately blames Drake for it. She refuses a lift to Digby Manor because she can't bear to see her fiancé in that state, not yet. Sam says, "But you love him."
Anne replies tearfully that she loved him the way he was, but she doesn't want to see him the way he is now. She breaks down.

Foyle, Sam and Milner attend the concert party. In one of the sketches, patients play the parts of Foyle and Jamieson and make a joke about the statue falling on Grp Cpt. Smythe ... Patient playing Foyle: "That is terrible." Patient playing Jamieson: "You're telling me – they missed!" Smythe gives Jamieson, who is sitting beside him laughing, a filthy look, but he applauds at the end.

During the applause, Wrenn leaves the hall after telling his wife he'll be right back.

Drake is cycling home through the grounds of the estate, while his unhappy wife sits in the cottage, thinking about her situation.

The review continues with Bridges singing a duet with Matron Petrie. Foyle looks around and notices Wrenn's empty chair.

Anne Bolton walks to Digby House and hears the sounds of the concert party coming from the building.

As Drake nears home, he dismounts from the bike and pushes it the rest of the way. Beryl hears his approach. Drake pauses at the bottom of the path leading from the road to his garden gate and listens to a rustling in the bushes. He calls out, asking if anyone is there. Seconds later, someone uses a rock to deal him a hefty blow to the side of the head, and he collapses to the ground.

Wrenn retakes his seat at the concert party and his wife comments that he is muddy.

Bridges' duet with the Matron ends, and the audience offer hearty applause.

Aircraftsman Drake lies dead on the grass verge outside his home.

Next morning

Foyle and Milner examine the body of Gordon Drake and the surrounding ground. They note that Drake's left shoe is only partly on his foot, and wonder if this is significant.

Milner has already spoken to Beryl, who found the body. Foyle asks if she was upset. Milner replies that she wasn't very upset "but you've seen her bruises." He thinks it possible that Beryl killed her husband, and Foyle says they should speak with her again. Milner informs his boss that there is one peculiarity with regard to the death – the medical officer thinks Drake may have drowned.

Beryl is shaken but admits that she feels no sadness at her husband's death, and that he had caused her bruises. She says he was all smiles when they first met, but that was when she still had the money her father left her. When asked if she knows of anyone who might have wanted to kill Drake, her face hardens and she replies, "No one, apart from half the husbands in Hastings." She also says that Foyle should talk to Sir Michael because her husband was always getting money from him and they got the house for nothing.

Foyle looks closely at a framed photograph. Beryl tells him that it is her father, taken the year before he died. With regard to the house, she says she never knew why they got it for nothing but that it was to do with her husband's father who had served with Sir Michael in the war.

Foyle gently enquires if she has someone to look after her, and she says she'll telephone Pip. When Foyle queries the name, Beryl becomes somewhat nervous. She explains that he is her brother and lives in London, and says she hasn't seen him for a while, but that maybe he'll come.

As Foyle and Milner leave the cottage, they are agreed that Beryl did not kill her husband.

When they reach the Wolseley, Sam somewhat nervously volunteers some information she has: she tells her boss that she believes Drake worked at the same airfield as Andrew. She says that a friend, Anne Bolton, is walking out with a pilot called Greville Woods. Foyle says he knows Woods to be a friend of his son's. Sam then tells him that Woods is at the manor because he's been hurt and that what happened to him may have been partly Drake's fault.

Foyle goes to see Jamieson in his office. He apologises for disturbing him again, but the surgeon angrily cuts him short, saying that he should get the investigation over as soon as possible and then get out of the manor. Foyle tells him quietly that there are still questions to be asked.

Jamieson continues to be angry. "I have a patient waiting through there, a young pilot. He has burns to his hands and face and he may well lose the use of his eyes. Now do you want me to stand here answering your questions or to go through there and get on with his treatment?"

Foyle gives as good as he gets. "Well the young pilot you are talking about is a very close friend of my son, who is also a young pilot. I'm fully aware that the work you're doing here is considerably more important than Drake's murder or who did it and, quite bloody frankly, I'd much rather not be here either, but should Drake's life not matter because he was less of a man than the men you're treating?"
Jamieson is brought up short and apologises, saying that he'll answer the policeman's questions.
Foyle's tone softens again. "Thank you. Well there aren't any, not for you. I had one or two more for Dr Wrenn, who is speaking with my sergeant now. I thought it only a courtesy just to let you know that was happening. My apologies for keeping you from Greville Woods' treatment."

Jamieson is shocked to learn that his colleague is a suspect, and says that he was at the concert party the night before. Foyle replies, "Er… not all the time." He leaves.

Outside the manor, Wrenn tells Milner that he came out of the concert to get a breath of air, and strolled for a couple of minutes. Milner challenges him about the length of time and he expands it to "five minutes, tops". He explains the mud on his clothes by saying that he slipped, but the questioning has angered him and he rounds on the sergeant, saying that the man wouldn't be in the police force if it wasn't for him.

Milner does not respond to the outburst but asks if Wrenn saw anything while he was outside. Wrenn says he did - a slim, pretty girl of about 20. He points to where she was standing in the garden.

As she walks into the police station with her boss, Sam is answering questions from him a little vaguely. She verifies that she has met Woods and when asked how many times, replies, "Er… a few."
Foyle says that if she has met Woods then she must have seen Andrew. She takes a breath and replies that she has seen him there, adding, "Once or twice."
"There? Where's there?"
"I'd no idea you had such a wide social circle."
"Social circle? It's just drinks, really."

At that point, Sergeant Rivers attracts the attention of the DCS to tell him that Peter Preston would like a word with him. Foyle acknowledges the message and then turns back to his driver, only to find that she's gone. He looks around him, mystified by her sudden disappearance.

Preston has come to tell the DCS that he told Dr Wrenn about seeing Drake paying Mary a visit. He explains that he saw Drake when he noticed a blackout infringement - the house was showing a light. He told the doctor because it didn't seem right that a woman had men calling while her husband was at work.

Foyle asks if he knew at the time who the man was, and he replies that everyone knew Drake as a bit of a dodgy customer. Foyle queries Preston involving himself in the private lives of the people on his rounds, but Wrenn says he has never done it before and that he's come to the DCS because he feels that he may be to blame for Drake's death.

Foyle visits Mary Wrenn, who tells him that she knew Drake when he worked in the local garage. She says he visited her often and paid her some attention, whereas her husband was never there. When someone told her husband, he hit the roof and threatened to kill Drake, but she is sure he didn't do it, because she knows Brian and he doesn't have it in him.

On the airfield, Wing Commander Turner asks a pilot if there is any sign of Andrew Foyle yet, and is told that there isn't.

In Digby Manor, Matron Petrie discovers that a large amount of drugs has been stolen from the pharmacy. Mrs Roecastle, with her vacuum cleaner and duster, is working in the corridor outside the room but says she has not seen anyone pass in the few minutes she has been there.

Grp Cpt. Smythe is present when the Matron reports to Jamieson the theft of several pounds of diamorphine hydrochloride in powder and pills. He describes the incident as "another complete mess".

Sam returns to her lodgings after her day's shift, and finds Andrew waiting for her. She takes him to her room and he tells her he has gone absent without leave, and that can't go back. He is weary and distressed and says that for weeks he has been unable to sleep or eat, and has felt sick. He displays confusion of mind by confessing that sometimes he can't stand it because she is not with him and at other times he doesn't care if he never sees her again. "I know that's a horrible thing to say. I don't want it to be true, but it's as if you don't exist for me, as if we never met."

Sam, struggling to know what to do, says he's just tired, but he snaps that he's not just tired, and speaks of his fear that what happened to Woods and the others in the manor will happen to him. Sam tries to calm him by assuring him that it won't, but he says he knows it will. "He was in my plane, Sam. He flew my op. It should have been me!"

Sam tells him that he can't run forever, he'll be found, but Andrew breaks down and sobs, "Don't make me go back." She puts her arms around him and holds him.

Foyle is fly-fishing at his regular spot on the river and is puzzled to find a number of trout floating belly up. He collects them and takes them to the police station, where he instructs Sergeant Rivers to have them examined by the medical officer.

Milner spots his boss at the reception desk and calls him into the interview room where he is questioning Wrenn.

Wrenn says he has never met Drake although he knew who he was. He knew Mary was seeing someone, but didn't know it was the Aircraftsman. Milner puts on the desk the shirt the doctor was wearing on the night of the review. It has blood on the sleeve. Wrenn is taken by surprise but explains that blood on his clothes is an occupational hazard.

After the interview, Milner tells Foyle that he knows Wrenn and doesn't think he is capable of murder. Foyle wonders if it is possible that what the doctor did for him is affecting his judgement. Milner says that perhaps it is, and explains that when he came back to England he wasn't much good for anything. He says Wrenn didn't just patch him up but helped persuade him to accept the DCS's invitation to work for him.

Foyle says he didn't know that, but adds that if Wrenn didn't do it, somebody did. He asks if Milner has spoken to Anne Bolton. The sergeant replies that he hasn't, as she wasn't at work yesterday. Foyle says she might be today.

At that point, Sergeant Rivers calls in, hands Foyle a medical report and tells him the MO says he should definitely change his fishing technique.

Foyle and Milner visit Digby Manor to investigate the drug theft. Jamieson explains that it was quite a big load, so the thief would have had to make several journeys, or carry it all in one very large bag, which would be impossible without being seen. Foyle is told that around the time the theft took place, Mrs Roecastle was cleaning the corridor but didn't see anything.

Milner interviews Anne Bolton at the aircraft factory. She admits to blaming Drake for what happened to her fiancé, but says she didn't kill him. She also admits to being at the manor that night. She arrived at around nine o'clock, but she didn't see anything and she didn't go in. She had finally gone to visit Woods, but when she got there, she realised she really didn't want to.

She asks the sergeant if that sounds very cruel to him. Milner doesn't reply, but as the woman continues he becomes increasingly uncomfortable. Beryl says doesn't want to see Woods, she wants the man she was in love with and was going to marry. "I tried to make myself visit him. That's why I was there that night. But I couldn't do it. I couldn't face him."

Milner ends the interview and is about to walk away, when Beryl asks him if he thinks she is disgusting. Softly, he says no, but after a moment's thought, he intakes a breath and adds, "But I will speak out of turn, if you don't mind." He taps his left leg and tells her it is aluminium. "I lost most of my leg at Trondheim last year. I was a mess when they carried me home, maybe not as bad as your fiancé, but there was massive scarring everywhere."
It is Anne's turn to feel uncomfortable. "I'm sorry."
"You shouldn't be. I'm the man I was before. I haven't changed."
"And what are you saying? That Greville is still the same?"
"He won't be – if you leave him."

Outside Waterford's cottage, two uniformed policeman wait as, inside, Foyle talks to Sir Michael. Mrs Roecastle is present.

The DCS begins by confirming that someone has indeed been trying to get the burns centre closed down. Waterford asks if he knows who is responsible. Foyle replies that it is Sir Michael's house, and that it is he who has been turned out and forced to live in a cottage. He casts a quick sideways glance at Mrs Roecastle, who is looking very troubled.

Waterford is shocked and exclaims that it's the war. Foyle says that is why sabotage is a particularly serious crime and why, with great regret, he has to arrest him. Mrs Roecastle cries out in protest, saying that he's wrong, but Foyle ignores her and points out that a possible charge of attempted murder could mean a very long prison sentence. He glances at the housekeeper again.
She is distraught. "No, it wasn't him!"
With emphasis, Foyle asks, "Who was it then, Mrs Roecastle?"
"It was me!"
Having achieved his aim, Foyle says, "Thank you." To Sir Michael he says, "Sorry to have put you through that, sir."

A shocked Waterford asks his housekeeper if it is true, and, in tears, she tells him that she didn't mean to hurt anyone, but she had to get the occupants out. Foyle says that perhaps the way she began, with stolen papers and torn sheets, was forgivable, but not the degree to which it escalated. She had told the police that she had heard Wrenn coming down the stairs from the roof, when in fact no one can hear anything on those carpeted stairs through that door. It was she who pushed the statue. She stole the drugs and dumped them in the river, the diamorphine killing the fish. She had managed to get the drugs out of the house by transporting them in the bag of her vacuum cleaner.

Waterford asks Mrs Roecastle why she destroyed drugs that were needed, and she replies that she did it for him. She says they were breaking his heart by taking over the manor house, and that she could see what they were doing to him. Waterford stands and bangs the floor with the end of his walking stick. "No, no, no! I don't mind. Those poor young men so terribly hurt. I'm glad they're here."

Mrs Roecastle says she knew her employer had a gun and was intending suicide. Waterford reproves her, saying that she has done a wicked thing and hasn't understood him at all.

The constables take the housekeeper away, and Waterford and Foyle stand at the cottage door watching. Sir Michael confesses to Foyle that he has often thought of taking his own life because he is ashamed of what he is.

The two men begin to walk through the snow-covered grounds of the cottage. Waterford explains that was in command of his unit on the Messine Ridge during the Battle of Ypres in the summer of 1917, and his batman was Gordon Drake's father. He graphically describes the hell of battle, and says he got to the point where he couldn't take it any more and had to get out, so he shot himself in the leg. His batman saw it and carried him to the field hospital. Drake had told only his son, but the young man was blackmailing him with it. "In the end I expect he'd have taken everything I have … except my self respect … lost that twenty-five years ago."

When Foyle suggests that he could work in the hospital, Waterford replies, "But these men are so brave. We call them the few, but who could have thought this country could have produced so many of them."
Foyle says quietly, thoughtfully, "My son's one of them."
"Then you're a very fortunate man."

In Digby Manor, Jamieson is about to remove the surgical pads from Greville Woods' eyes when the Matron brings in a visitor for the young pilot. It is Anne. She sits by the bed as the pads are removed. Woods turns his face slowly to his fiancée, and declares with joy, "I can see you!"

Foyle stands alone on the road outside Drake's cottage, studying the area of grass between the road and a water pump and trough where the aircraftsman's body was found. His expression indicates that he has come to a conclusion.

Foyle and Sam enter the police station just as Wing Commander Turner is leaving after being told that the DCS is out. Sam looks worried when she sees him, but Foyle takes him into his office and the door closes behind the two men, leaving her outside.

Turner tells Foyle that he's breaking rules by the visit, and, when Foyle asks him what the problem is, informs him that his son has gone AWOL. Foyle's face freezes. Turner says he is hoping that he might be able to help find Andrew, and Foyle asks warily, "So you can do what exactly?"

Turner's expression indicates that he understands the wariness. He says that Andrew has been gone less than forty-eight hours, but that the matter should have been reported to the RAF police by now. He says that too many of the top brass consider human error and weakness are down to morale, and are too ready to throw the book at anyone who steps out of line. "LMF they call it: lack of moral fibre."
Foyle asks, "What do you call it?"
Turner replies that he can see the truth of it. So much is asked of the young pilots and it's not just the number of ops they fly and the mental strain, it's lack of sleep. "It's no wonder they get ill."
Foyle admits that Andrew has not been himself recently, but says that he's not seen him for a day or two. Turner says that, in that case, there's nothing he can do and that Andrew will be charged with desertion.

He is about to leave, but Foyle stops him by asking, "How long has he got?"
"I can give him until two o'clock this afternoon, no longer than that."

Turner goes out, walking past Sam, who is standing in the corridor outside the office, looking extremely worried. Foyle looks directly at her with an expression that indicates he knows she is involved and that she must now tell him all.

Andrew is surprised to find his dad standing at the door of Sam's lodgings when he answers the knock, and asks how he knew he was there. Foyle replies, "How do you think? Get your coat!"

In a nearby pub, Foyle buys his son a stiff drink and puts it down on the table in front of him. Andrew realises that his father knows about him and Sam, and says, "Sorry."
"For what?"
"Well, she is your driver."
"Well, yes, she is my, er, very attractive driver and it's perfectly understandable."
"Anyway, I've let everyone down, haven't I?"

Foyle shakes his head and says it's not the case. He says that Turner came to see him because he wants Andrew back. Andrew assumes it is for a court martial, but his father assures him that is not the reason. Foyle looks at his watch. "Well, as long as you're back by two, that is."

He explains that he recently met a man who fought in the last war and who shot himself in the leg to get away from the hell of it. Twenty-five years ago that was seen as cowardice and he'd have been shot if he'd been found out, but, nowadays, men like Turner have a better understanding of the limit to how much can be asked of people. "He seems to think you've got a kind of combat fatigue … sort of like another way of getting burnt."
"So he asked you to find me."
"Well, no, but he gave me the opportunity. Sam helped. And all three of us have your best interests at heart because we care about you."

Andrew appears to relax a little, and then says that he knows who killed Gordon Drake. Foyle says that he does, too. Andrew explains that he was there when it happened because he was waiting for Drake at his house. He was going to confront him with the fact that it was his fault Woods got burnt. Drake had heard him move in the bushes, and had stopped to call out if anyone was there. Someone had approached him and hit him with the rock. It was Brian Wrenn.

Foyle tells Andrew that Wrenn is in custody, which, he says, is where his son is going to be if he doesn't get to the airfield. He tells Andrew that Sam will drive him there and drop him outside the base, so he can walk in on his own.

Smythe is leaving Digby Manor. He tells Jamieson crisply that he has submitted a report in which he has pointed out that the surgeon is arrogant, ill-disciplined, disrespectful and that he runs the place entirely as a law unto himself. The Group Captain walks to his car and then turns to face a crest-fallen Jamieson. "I have also made it clear that you get results and that the patients here have a great deal to be thankful for. I have therefore recommended that you just be allowed to get on with things without any further interference from people such as myself."

He steps into the car and wishes Jamieson good luck as it starts down the driveway. The surgeon gleefully skips back into the manor.

Back at the station, Milner tells Foyle that Wrenn has asked to see him. Before he goes to his office, the DCS asks the desk sergeant if he has seen the ARP warden Preston, and is told he is on the premises. Foyle then takes a quick look at the household registry form the warden had filled in for Wrenn's house.

When Foyle sees the surgeon, the man confesses that he hasn't been telling him the truth. Foyle replies that they are aware of it. Wrenn says he slipped out of the concert at Digby Manor intending to confront Drake about seeing his wife but had lost control and hit him with a stone. He says he didn't mean to kill him, just knock him down, and that he believed the man was still breathing when he left him on the grass verge.

Foyle tells him that he was seen that night. He says it seems half of Hastings was intending to do away with Drake, it just so happened that the doctor got there first.
Wrenn breaks down with remorse.

Foyle asks how he thinks Drake died. Wrenn assumes that he assumed he'd fractured the man's skull, and is astonished to be told that the blow wasn't fatal, but that Drake's lungs were full of water and he drowned. Milner mentions the trough beside the house, but Wrenn says Drake was nowhere near it when he fell.

Wrenn is greatly relieved to know he is not a murderer. Foyle tells him that he could still be charged with common assault or even attempted murder. Wrenn says he never intended to kill the man, and Foyle replies that he believes him, and says he's in Wrenn's debt because he wouldn't have Milner if it hadn't been for him. Wrenn realises that he is not to be charged, and he can hardly believe it.

Andrew reports to Wing Commander Turner. He is relieved to learn that Woods is going to be all right and that his friend's fiancée is standing by him.

Turner tells him that he has now come to the end of the road, and says that, in accordance with a decision that was made before he went AWOL, he is to be posted to an operational training unit to instruct young pilots. He is no longer on ops, he's done more than enough. "You were a cheeky young sod when you first came here, but you're a damn fine fighter pilot and you've grown in strength and in stature, and I'm glad that you've made it through. I'll miss you. You've done a bloody good job. You'll fly up to Debden tomorrow morning. 605 Squadron. And you're also being promoted: flight lieutenant. Good luck, Foyle."

Peter Preston reports to Foyle's office, where he is immediately confronted with his involvement in Drake's murder.

Foyle tells him that he knows he is Drake's brother-in-law. He is the Pip to whom Beryl referred – Peter Ian Preston. He is the spitting image of his father, whose photograph Foyle saw in Beryl's house. His sister had seemed rather nervous after mentioning him, and made out he was living in London.

Preston confesses. On the night of the concert he was going to see his sister and had come across Drake lying on the grass verge, clutching his head. The man had said the name Wrenn. Preston had dragged him to the water pump and pushed his head into the trough, hoping the doctor would get the blame.

Foyle tells him that if he'd left Drake under water and put back on the shoe that had come off when he was dragged, he might have got away with it. Preston says he was protecting his sister from a violent husband and that he is glad he did it.

Foyle escorts his son to the 'plane that he will fly to his new posting. Andrew promises to write, and chuckles when his dad responds, "I wonder."

When Foyle asks him how he feels, he replies that he can't believe it's all over or that there'll be anything like it in his life again. Foyle remarks "Well at least you've got the chance of a life now, assuming we get through all this." Seeing Sam waiting by the 'plane, he smiles and adds "It seems there's a queue to say goodbye to you."

Andrew says, "See you, Dad" and gives his father a hug. Foyle walks back to the Wolseley at the side of the runway, leaving Andrew to say his goodbyes to Sam.

Sam is in tears when Andrews reaches her. He tries to cheer her up by saying that Debden isn't far, and that they'll write and "there are always weekends", but she is inconsolable. He asks her to look after his dad for him, and she says that they will look after each other.

They kiss. Andrew then climbs into the cockpit of his plane, and Sam walks back to join the waiting Foyle.

Her boss asks her if she is all right.
"Yes, sir. All present and correct."
"Well, I'll miss him. Will you?"
Fighting back tears, Sam replies, "Yes, sir. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to become involved… well, I did, but…"
Foyle smiles. "Well, the Foyles, y'know… always have been hard to resist."
Sam laughs. "Absolutely, sir!"

Together, they watch Andrew's plane take off. It does a victory roll, then heads for new skies.

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