Reach for the Sky - W&N Military (Paperback)Paul Brickhill (author)
The bestselling story of Britain's most courageous and most famous flyer, the Second World War hero Sir Douglas Bader.
In 1931, at the age of 21, Douglas Bader was the golden boy of the RAF. Excelling in everything he did he represented the Royal Air Force in aerobatics displays, played rugby for Harlequins, and was tipped to be the next England fly half. But one afternoon in December all his ambitions came to an abrupt end when he crashed his plane doing a particularly difficult and illegal aerobatic trick. His injuries were so bad that surgeons were forced to amputate both his legs to save his life. Douglas Bader did not fly again until the outbreak of the Second World War, when his undoubted skill in the air was enough to convince a desperate air force to give him his own squadron.
The rest of his story is the stuff of legend. Flying Hurricanes in the Battle of Britain he led his squadron to kill after kill, keeping them all going with his unstoppable banter. Shot down in occupied France, his German captors had to confiscate his tin legs in order to stop him trying to escape. Bader faced it all, disability, leadership and capture, with the same charm, charisma and determination that was an inspiration to all around him.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 26 mm
Brickhill, himself a fighter pilot and a POW, tells Bader's story with authenticity. He writes in an empathetic, almost affectionate manner, portraying his subject's personal qualities, both good and bad, in the best possible light * HistoryNet *
In 1941 [Bader] was shot down and captured by the Germans, who treated him with great respect - even allowing the Brits to drop in a new prosthetic leg. He became such a nuisance for the Germans, who were becoming increasingly annoyed by the number of attempted escapes he made * DAILY MAIL *
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“Reach for the Sky”
As an exRAF serviceman, I loved this book. It is an intimate account of a true British hero. It also dispels some of the myths which will always build up around notable figures, but complements the film of the same... More
Another good book from brickhill. Oddly I have mixed feelings about Douglas Bader. He was certainly brave. Certainly heroic. But I can't say he comes across as terribly likeable! Perhaps it was just my... More
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