Douglas Robert S Bader

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Squadron(s): 242

Fate/Ongoing Career: Retired 1946 as Group Captain

Interesting Facts: Born 21-2-10. Lost both legs in flying accident 1931. CO of 242 in Battle, often led "Duxford Wing", B of B ace. Later led Tangmere Wing. PoW from 9-8-41. Led first B of B flypast over London 1945. DSO 1-10-40, DFC 7-11-41 bar to DSO 15-7-41, bar to DFC 9-9-41, CBE 1956. KBE 1976. Inspirational figure to disabled people.

Added by: Battle of Britain Memorial Trust on 1st June 2010.


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