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Sir Douglas Robert Stewart Bader

(1910-1982), Air force officer

Sitter in 15 portraits
Aviator. Despite losing both legs in a flying accident in 1931 Bader rejoined the RAF in 1939 and played a part in victory in the Battle of Britain (1940). Shot down in August 1941 and held as a prisoner of war at Colditz until 1945. In a letter to the photographer Bader wrote 'I was lucky in the war, and got much publicity not because I was any better than the others but because I was the chap with the tin legs...'. Knighted in 1976 for service to the public and the disabled. Paul Brickhill's 1954 biography Reach for the Sky was followed by a film two years later in which Kenneth More played Bader.

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Sir Douglas Robert Stewart Bader, by Paul Laib - NPG x38188

Sir Douglas Robert Stewart Bader

by Paul Laib
whole-plate film negative, 1950s
NPG x38188

Sir Douglas Robert Stewart Bader, by Vandyk - NPG x129454

Sir Douglas Robert Stewart Bader

by Vandyk
half-plate film negative, 23 January 1957
NPG x129454

Sir Douglas Robert Stewart Bader, by Vandyk - NPG x129455

Sir Douglas Robert Stewart Bader

by Vandyk
half-plate film negative, 23 January 1957
NPG x129455

Sir Douglas Robert Stewart Bader, by Vandyk - NPG x129456

Sir Douglas Robert Stewart Bader

by Vandyk
half-plate film negative, 23 January 1957
NPG x129456

Sir Douglas Robert Stewart Bader, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x171926

Sir Douglas Robert Stewart Bader

by Bassano Ltd
quarter-plate film negative, 11 June 1963
NPG x171926

Sir Douglas Robert Stewart Bader, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x171927

Sir Douglas Robert Stewart Bader

by Bassano Ltd
quarter-plate film negative, 11 June 1963
NPG x171927

Sir Douglas Robert Stewart Bader, by Roger George Clark - NPG x29111

Sir Douglas Robert Stewart Bader

by Roger George Clark
bromide print, 29 September 1976
NPG x29111

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Sir Douglas Robert Stewart Bader

by Vandyk
half-plate film negative, 23 January 1957
NPG x129452

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Sir Douglas Robert Stewart Bader

by Vandyk
half-plate film negative, 23 January 1957
NPG x129453

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Sir Douglas Robert Stewart Bader

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 4 May 1965
NPG x360

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