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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Douglas Bader

British war hero, Douglas Bader died on September 5, 1982.

Bader lost both his legs in an aerobatics accident in 1932, writing in his log book after the accident, "Crashed slow-rolling near ground. Bad show" but rejoined the RAF, becoming a top air ace during WWII. He made at least 11 kills in the Battle of Britain alone.

He was later shot down over Germany and captured, where he attempted many escapes, before being sent to Colditz.

After the war, he was seen by some as a right wing extremist for his support of the rule of Ian Smith in Zimbabwe - boy, did he get proven wrong on that issue.

Bader quotes: "I am not one of those who see war as a cricket match where you first give anything to defeat the opponent and then shake hands."

"Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools."

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