A new exhibition on Douglas Bader, the wartime legless ace, has just opened at the Museum, entitled ‘A legend in his own Lifetime’. The exhibition spans his career from attending the RAF College, Cranwell in 1929 to leaving the Air Force in 1946.
During the Battle of Britain in 1940, Bader was one of the most influential fighter pilots in Fighter Command but it was not until the summer of 1941 at RAF Tangmere that he showed his true leadership qualities. He inspired pilots who flew with him, including Johnny Johnson and Hugh Dundas who later went on to become successful fighter leaders in their own right. The exhibition includes a ten minute film on Bader’s life and, to go with the exhibition, the Curatorial Department has published a booklet, ‘Douglas Bader and Tangmere’, priced at £2 and available from the Museum’s shop.