Sunday, 24 February 2008

HEROES OF AVIATION ( 2 ) Sir Douglas Bader, RAF

Group Captain Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader,

Bader lost his legs in a pre-war flying accident, but re-joined the RAF for WW2 and became a heroic fighter ace. The Germans, so impressed by his courage when shot down and evading capture for a while, even allowed save passage for a RAF plane to parachute him some replacement tin legs.

A disabled charity was set up by his family and friends on his death in 1982, to help and inspire amputees.

Bader's nose art; Kicking Hitler's arse

Bader's 222 Squadron pilots

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