Douglas Bader

A Biography of the Legendary World War II Fighter Pilot

John Frayn Turner

Date Published :
July 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
16 pages of plates
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526774989

Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 256
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Douglas Bader was a legend in his lifetime and remains one today 100 years after his birth. A charismatic leader and fearless pilot, he refused to let his severe disability (loss of both legs in a flying accident) ground him. He fought the authorities as ruthless as he did the enemy and not only managed to return to the front line but became a top scoring ace. His innovative tactics (The Big Wing) ensured his promotion and he led a key group of squadrons during the dark days of the Battle of Britain.

His luck ran out when he was shot down and captured; he only escaped his burning fighter by cutting away one of his artificial legs.

As a POW he was a thorn in the Germans side and he was sent to Colditz Castle.

As this perceptive book reveals Bader, the hero, was at times a difficult overbearing man, no doubt in part due to the pain he suffered. But his strengths far outweighed his weaknesses and his place in the annuals of British history is secure.

This is a timely republication of an important biography.

About The Author

John Frayn Turner is a distinguished historian and author. Pen and Sword have published numerous of his books, including VCs of the Second World War, Service Most Silent and Periscope Patrol. He lives at Leatherhead, Surrey.


"The sortie-by-sortie descriptions of the engagements involving Bader’s unit are well written."

- Air Power History

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