In December 1931, while attempting some aerobatics, he crashed and lost both his legs. Having been on the brink of death, he recovered, retook flight training, passed his check flights and then requested reactivation as a pilot. Although there were no regulations applicable to his situation, he was retired against his will on medical grounds. He scored his first victories over Dunkirk during the Battle of France in 1940.
He then took part in the Battle of Britain and became a friend and supporter of Air Vice Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory and his "Big Wing" experiments. In August 1941, Bader baled out over German-occupied France and was captured. Soon afterward, he met and was befriended by Adolf Galland, a prominent German fighter ace. Despite his disability, Bader made a number of escape attempts and was eventually sent to the prisoner of war camp at Colditz Castle.He remained there until April 1945 when the camp was liberated by the First United States Army. WE ARE UACC REGISTERED DEALERS NUMBER RD209. We are UACC Registered Dealers RD209. Flat items are packaged in board backed envelopes with'Please Do Not Bend' printed to the front.
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We continue to hold a large number of'Private Signings' with Concorde Pilots, WWII Veterans, Celebrities and so on, in order to guarantee authenticity. _gsrx_vers_841 GS 7.0.16 (841). The item "WW2 RAF Battle of Britain ace DOUGLAS BADER signed his own FDC UACC DEALER" is in sale since Sunday, April 19, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectables\Autographs\Certified Original Autographs\Military".
The seller is "buyautographs" and is located in Ashford, Kent. This item can be shipped worldwide.