In 1931 Douglas Bader, then a brilliant 21 year old RAF pilot, crashed in a Bristol Bulldog fighter in a flying accident and lost both legs. At the outbreak of war his relentless persistence saw him re-join the RAF and by 1940 he was leading the famous 242 Sqn in the Battle of Britain. He then went on to cmmand the famous Tangmere Wing and at the time he was shot down and taken POW in August 1941, he was a leading Ace with 24 victories and one of the most famous RAF Fighter pilots. After being interned in a number of prison camps (including Stallag Luft III) his persistent escape attempts saw him finish the war in Colditz.
After the war he became a household name and his Foundation gave a huge amount of support and encouragement to other
"Reach for the Skies" depicts legendary Ace, Douglas Bader flying his Mk.Va Spitfire high above the coast of Northern France in 1941.
Each copy of the print has a small portrait of Douglas Bader printed in the left border.
Overall size: 19¾" x 25"
Available in the following editions
Signed by Douglas Bader's wife, Lady Joan Bader OBE
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