During his convalescence there, he met and fell in love with Thelma Edwards, a waitress at a tea room called the Pantiles on the A30 London Road in Bagshot, Surrey. As Bader had no legs he could remain conscious longer, and thus had an advantage over more able-bodied opponents. Douglas Bader was a model national hero. Their first marriage had been kept secret. [28] Flying Gloster Gamecocks and soon after Bristol Bulldogs, Bader became a daredevil while training there, often flying illegal and dangerous stunts. Initially the "rope" did not reach the ground; with the help of another patient, he slid the sheet from under the comatose New Zealand pilot, Bill Russell of No. Official orders/doctrine dictated that pilots should fly line-astern and attack singly. Jill Lucas, Self: This Is Your Life. 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[64] On 14 September, Bader was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for his combat leadership. This officer has led his wing on a series of consistently successful sorties over enemy territory during the past three months. During the 1950s, a book and a film, Reach for the Sky, chronicled his life and RAF career to the end of the Second World War. One of the wing leader's "perks" was permission to have his initials marked on his aircraft as personal identification, thus "D-B" was painted on the side of Bader's Spitfire. It was marked as a probable. He has been married to Kamala Harris since August 22, 2014. On 5 September 1982, after a dinner honouring Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris at the Guildhall, at which he spoke, Bader died of a heart attack while being driven through Chiswick, west London, on his way home. On leaving the hospital, Colonel Adolf Galland and his pilots invited him on to their airfield and they received him as a friend. On first moving into the property over 40 years ago he and his wife were told many times by the ‘locals’, including the postman, that Douglas Bader used to live there. [66] Bader flew several missions that day, which involved heavy air combat. [79], On 12 December 1940, Bader was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for his services during the Battle of Britain. This victory was witnessed by Pilot Officers Johnnie Johnson and Alan Smith (Bader's usual wingman). Lady Bader, who has died aged 97, was the second wife of the Spitfire ace and double amputee Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader; after his death in 1982 she established the Bader … It was found to be that of a Bf 109F, flown by Unteroffizier Albert Schlager of JG 26, who was reported missing during Bader's last combat on 9 August 1941. Sir Douglas Bader's siblings: Sir Douglas Bader's brother was Frederick Bader. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jan/22/muriel-pavlow-obituary The second wife and widow of Sir Douglas Bader — the celebrated wartime pilot who, as a double amputee, flew with a pair of replacement metal legs — Lady Bader was an energetic campaigner for the Strict orders were issued forbidding unauthorised aerobatics below 2,000 feet (610 m). [23], On 13 September 1928, Bader took his first flight with his instructor Flying Officer W. J. [97] On 12 July, Bader found further success, shooting down one Bf 109 and damaging three others between Bethune and St Omer. [29], No. Also nothing would have pleased Göring more than for his 109s to pounce on large numbers of RAF fighters. Bader considered politics, and standing as a Member of Parliament for his home constituency in the House of Commons. 11 Group RAF, an organisation steeped in Fighter Command and Battle of Britain history. A pub at Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, is named after Bader.[173]. This im­me­di­ately found its way into the pa­pers and be­came the ac­cepted ver­sion. [129], Over the next few years, Bader made himself a thorn in the side of the Germans. However, Bader received guidance from Warden Kendall and, with Kendall's encouragement, he excelled at his studies and was later accepted as a cadet at RAF Cranwell. She also helped associations involved in riding for the disabled. By his fine leadership and high courage Wing Commander Bader has inspired the wing on every occasion. Also, Bader did not get on with the newer generation of squadron leaders who considered him to be "out of date". Childhood and education. [118] Saunders' research now suggests that Bader may have been a victim of friendly fire, shot down by one of his fellow RAF pilots after becoming detached from his own squadron. Bader found opposition to his ideas about aerial combat. Bader's first wife, Thelma, developed throat cancer in 1967. Douglas Bader, de son nom complet Douglas Robert Steuart Bader, est un aviateur britannique, né le 10 février 1910 à St John's Wood et mort le 5 septembre 1982. On 14 October 1939, the Central Flying School requested Bader report for flight tests on 18 October. [130] He considered it his duty to cause as much trouble to the enemy as possible,[131] much of which included escape attempts. [43], Between February and May 1940 Bader practised formation flying and air tactics, as well as undertaking patrols over convoys out at sea. The first was shot down between 11:58 and 13:35 off the coast of Gravelines; the pilot baled out. Bader's leg had actually been found in an open field. When the film Reach for the Sky was released, people associated Bader with the quiet and amiable personality of actor Kenneth More, who played Bader. In 1931 Bader, teamed with Harry Day, successfully defended the squadron's title in the spring that year. [124], The Germans treated Bader with great respect. [41], In January 1940, Bader was posted to No. [100] On 23 July, Bader claimed another Bf 109 damaged and possibly destroyed, even though the action resulted in two Bf 109s destroyed. The couple got engaged on 27 March 2014 after the blind date arranged by their friend.