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"Into the Fray" - Richard Taylor ... Squadron Leader Douglas Bader leads the Hurricanes of 242 Squadron in an aggressive diving attack upon a large force of Heinkel 111s approaching the Kent coast, whilst Spitfires from 66 Squadron tangle with the escorting Bf109s of JG52. It is September 1940, and the climax of the Battle of Britain.


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Squadron Leader Douglas Bader of RAF 242 Squadron, standing on his Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 (V7467) LE-D at Duxford (IWM)

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The smile of a stern-faced hero: Rare footage of WW2 fighter ace Douglas Bader walking with false legs shown for first time


"Spitfire Documentary 1976 - YouTube" One of many documentary. But this one features people who designed it, build it, flew it and in one lady's case, flew on the tail of one.


Douglas Badger born in England 1910. Join the RAF lost both legs in the crash in1931. Had to leave the RAF. In 1939 WW II he reapplied to the RAF they was desperate for pilots. He was allowed to rejoin and flew fighter sorties in the Battle of Britain. He was one of the pioneers of wing squadron, helped form Duxford Wing, a formation of 5 squadrons shoot down many German fighters. After getting out of POW sent last few decade visiting injured servicemen in hospital. 1976 was knighted by…


Douglas Bader was a famous fighter pilot from World War Two who had twenty-two kills credited to him. He flew and fought in the Battle of Britain with no legs – the result of a pre-war plane crash. Bader was an outstanding sportsman; when young he played rugby union for Harlequins, who are still an active club, at fly-half. He came close to English national team selection.


Pilots RAF Douglas Bader with JG26 Adolf Galland Aug 9 1941 - Tangmere Wing Leader, W/Cdr. Douglas Bader, who had lost his legs in a pre-war flying accident, was forced to abandon his Spitfire over the French coast after colliding with a Bf-109, possibly that flown by Uffz. Albert Schlager of 3./JG26. After being captured, Bader was entertained by Adolf Galland and members of JG26 at Audembert and allowed to inspect one of the unit's Bf-109Fs at close quarters.