Bader’s Last Fight (Paperback)
An In-Depth Investigation of a Great WWII Mystery
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On 9 August 1941, one of the greatest icons of the Second World War, Douglas Bader, was shot down, captured and later incarcerated. But by whom, and how? Was it by one of his deadly German opponents, as Douglas Bader himself maintained, or was it by one of his own side? There has been much debate and controversy among historians and in 2003 the author of this book revealed for the first time that Bader may have been victim to friendly fire.
That revelation was followed by interest in the national press and later by a TV documentary screened on Channel 4 in August 2006. In the book aviation historian Andy Saunders develops his hypothesis, backed up by strong evidence and a wealth of statistics, and separates fact from fiction. He expertly dissects all the material relating to the day itself, and subsequent events.
In this new, updated edition, Andy Saunders tells of his quest to find the legendary fighter pilot’s aircraft, which led to the remarkable discovery of a lost Spitfire which is being restored to flying condition.
This book will fascinate all who read it and will be seen by most observers to be the final word on one of the great mysteries of the entire war.
As featured in 'New and Noteworthy'WWII History, February 2018
I must say I found the author’s book a thoroughly engrossing read and his hypothesis over the events of August 9th 1941 totally believable. Thoroughly recommended to anyone interested in WW2 aviation.Aeroscale, Rowan Baylis
Read the complete review here.
Legendary fighter ace Douglas Bader seemed invincible, fighting back from the loss of both legs in a pre-war accident. When Bader had to parachute from his badly damaged Spitfire over France, it was a shock to his comrades and to the public. As with the Red Baron during WWI, such a loss generated many myths and much controversy. The author has advanced his hypothesis with supporting evidence. An absorbing account that is strongly recommended.Firetrench