South African Adolph Gysbert “Sailor” Malan (1910-1963), a famed RAF fighter pilot who led No. 74 Squadron RAF, which distinguished itself during the war and especially during the Battle of Britain, where it shot down almost 40 aircraft.
Douglas Bader was a famous fighter pilot from World War Two who had twenty-two kills credited to him. He flew and fought in the Battle of Britain with no legs – the result of a pre-war plane crash. Bader was an outstanding sportsman; when young he played rugby union for Harlequins, who are still an active club, at fly-half. He came close to English national team selection.
The death on this day 5th August, 1962 of Douglas Bader. .Bader lost both his legs while attempting some aerobatics, he crashed and lost both his legs, he was retired against his will on medical grounds. But after the outbreak of WW2 he returned to the RAF and was accepted as a pilot. The film Reach for the Sky was made about his life.
An amazingly emotive photo from the Battle of Britain fly past memorial in June 2012. Picture is of a 1945pilot, Ron Clark with Squadron Leader Smith of 2012 RAF and in charge of the memorial. My passion is keeping these memories alive! Lest we forget.