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Age : 49
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PostSubject: Douglas Bader   Douglas Bader EmptyTue May 14, 2019 5:39 pm

Thought I'd share this with you chaps.

For those of you who haven't heard of him, Douglas Bader was one of our finest WWII fighter pilots (RAF).  He lost both his legs due to pilot error and, not to be deterred, learnt to walk on his 'tin legs' and then fly again.  Shot down over Europe he eventually ended up in the infamous Colditz after proving himself to be rather tiresome to his German captors.  

The following link takes you to BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs programme during which guests are invited to pick their favourite records to play.  The guest in this episode, recorded in '81, was none other than Bader.

Lovely to listen to this RAF legend and thoroughly decent type.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009mthn
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Age : 72
Location : Split between Raleigh, NC and OKC, OK
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PostSubject: Re: Douglas Bader   Douglas Bader EmptyWed May 15, 2019 12:36 pm

While a POW, Bader needed new "legs!" Germans had such respect for him, PITA that he was, they allowed a British aircraft to enter their airspace unmolested and paradrop a new set of legs for him!! One hell of a guy!! cheers FTRPLT
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Age : 60
Location : Cheyenne, WY
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PostSubject: Re: Douglas Bader   Douglas Bader EmptyWed May 15, 2019 3:39 pm

Very interesting fellow and story.
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PostSubject: Re: Douglas Bader   Douglas Bader EmptyThu May 16, 2019 4:00 pm

Cool stuff!
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Age : 49
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PostSubject: Re: Douglas Bader   Douglas Bader EmptyThu May 16, 2019 5:04 pm

ftrplt wrote:
While a POW, Bader needed new "legs!" Germans had such respect for him, PITA that he was, they allowed a British aircraft to enter their airspace unmolested and paradrop a new set of legs for him!! One hell of a guy!! cheers FTRPLT

Crazy, eh?! And, even crazier, whilst in Colditz Bader made a failed escape attempt. From then on, the Germans confiscated his legs each night.
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Age : 50
Location : North Carolina
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PostSubject: Re: Douglas Bader   Douglas Bader EmptyFri May 17, 2019 7:18 pm

Definitely one of the most inspirational pilots of WWII. His name has always stuck with me because we had a drink at the pub named in his honor the last time we visited my grandmother in the UK.
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PostSubject: Re: Douglas Bader   Douglas Bader EmptyFri May 17, 2019 7:43 pm

That was impressive Squire. They don't make like them like that anymore do they. Thanks for sharing!


Cheers,

RR

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