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    DescriptionThe story of Douglas Bader, the RAF fighter pilot who shot down twenty enemy fighters during the Second World War despite having lost both his legs, defies fiction. A fighter ace and highly decorated war hero, he became a household name in the 1950s thanks to the bestselling book and blockbuster film Reach for the Sky which charted his wartime exploits. Indeed, his name remains the one the general public associate most with the Battle of Britain. That he overcame his disability and flew into battle - leading squadrons of Spitfires and Hurricanes in the epic air battle of summer 1940 - is truly remarkable. Bader's first aerial victory - a Messerschmitt 109 - was recorded over Dunkirk on 1 June 1940. During the subsequent Battle of Britain this remarkable airman claimed the destruction of seven more enemy aircraft: Me 110s, Do 17s, Ju 88s and another Me 109 falling to his guns. The legless airman was, of course, rich material for the propagandists, who lost no time in manipulating his exploits to increase Britain's morale. Newspaper reports and radio broadcasts of his aerial victories abounded. Dilip Sarkar has spent over twenty years researching the life and times of Douglas Bader. The result is this book, written in close co-operation with his fellow wartime pilots, which deconstructs the popular myth cemented by wartime propaganda and the 1950s book and film Reach for the Sky.


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    Title
    Douglas Bader
    Subtitle
    The RAF Fighter Pilot Who Shot Down 20 Enemy Aircraft Despite Having Lost Both His Legs
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Dilip Sarkar
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 363
    Width: 164 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 40 mm
    Weight: 1,080 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781445612768
    ISBN 10: 1445612763
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1, HBLW
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC subject category V2: JWG
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 520
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027140
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    Abridged Dewey: 940
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17470
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100, BIO010000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH, 1DBK
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO008000
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 940.544941092
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, DNBH, JWCM, NHD, NHWL
    LC classification: D786 .S2825 2013
    Publisher
    Amberley Publishing
    Imprint name
    Amberley Publishing
    Publication date
    01 August 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Chalford
    Author Information
    Dilip Sarkar has published over thirty books on the Battle of Britain. These include the biography of the RAF's top scoring ace of the Second World War, Johnnie Johnson, and the Battle of Britain memoir of Brian Lane (as editor). A retired policeman, in 2003 Dilip was made an MBE for services to aviation history, and elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society in 2006. He lives in Worcester.