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Douglas Bader was born in 1910 and was an RAF fighter ace during World War II. He was credited with 20 aerial victories, four shared victories, six probables, one shared probable and eleven enemy aircraft damaged. Bader joined the RAF in 1928 and was commissioned in 1930. In 1931 while performing aerobatics he crashed and lost both legs. Having been close to death he recovered and re-took flight training, passed his flight checks and requested reactivation as a pilot but he was retired against his will on medical grounds. After the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 Bader returned to the RAF and was accepted as a pilot. He scored his first victories over Dunkirk in the Battle of France in 1940 and took part in the Battle of Britain. In August 1941 Bader was shot down over German-occupied France and captured. Bader made a number of escape attempts and ended up in the famous Colditz Castle where he remained until the end of the war in 1945. Bader left the RAF for good in 1946 and resumed his career in the Oil industry. During the 1950s a book and film "Reach for the Sky" chronicled his life and Bader was played by Kenneth More. In actual fact it was the first film I ever saw at the cinema in Bedford! Bader campaigned for the disabled and in the Queens Birthday Honours in 1976 Bader was appointed a Knight Bachelor for services to disabled people. He continued to fly until ill-health forced him to stop in 1979. He died in 1982 from a sudden heart attack. One of "The Few" and a genuine hero.

The last-but-one of my list of Sea Vixens to photograph, number eleven. Twelve is the only "flyer" and hopefully will be photographed at Yeovilton Air Show.

After visiting Bournemouth Aviation Museum,an open-air museum, a short hop to this superb indoor museum near to Southampton Docks.

Two of the displayed aircraft.

See previous comments, access can be gained to the cockpit.

Aaaaaah ! I remember that ☺......./....did the takings go up during your visit Geoff ?....heh heh /....Dj.

Gotcha'...on the new pics.....Geoff..../....Cheers from Dj.

Ha Ha ...... nice one......

Blimey !!......Weve' never had owt like that !....before reading your text...I was going to say.. you must be spending a fortune !!....Dj.

Gotcha'..okay owd'...☺


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