Military sculpture by Aviation and Military artist Peter Close bronze aviation and military sculpture by Peter Close

Douglas Bader

Bronze Limited Edition Aviation Figure


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Sir Douglas Bader

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Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader standing on the wing of his Hurricane at Duxford in 1940. In February 1940 Bader was posted to No 19 squadron at Duxford having already lost both his legs in a crash at Woodley airfield in 1931. He returned to the RAF at the outbreak of the Second World War Bader saw action as a flight commander with 222 squadron and made his first kill shooting down an Me 109 over Dunkirk. At the end of June 1940 he was promoted to squadron leader and posted to 242 squadron mainly made up of Canadians who had suffered high losses in the Battle of France and had low morale. Despite initial resistance to their new commanding officer, the pilots were soon won over by Bader's strong personality and perseverance, especially in cutting through red tape to make the squadron operational again. Upon the formation of No. 12 Group RAF, No. 242 squadron was assigned to the Group while based at RAF Duxford. In 1941, Bader was promoted to Wing Commander and became one of the first "Wing Leaders." Stationed at Tangmere with 616 squadron, Bader led his wing of Spitfires on sweeps and "circus operations" (medium bomber escort) over northwestern Europe throughout the summer campaign. It was during one of these missions that Bader was shot down and captured by the Germans. After many daring escape attempts he was finally incarcerated in Colditz until the end of the war.

Douglas Bader Bronze Figure 275

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Douglas Bader Bronze Limited Edition Aviation Figure by Aviation and Military Artist and Sculptor Peter Close is limited to an edition of 250

The Bronze sculpture is hand cast in the highest quality cold cast bronze in Peter's workshop in Somerset

The Douglas Bader Aviation Sculpture will come to you with a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist and will be engraved with its own unique edition number - if you would like to request a special number please contact us to check availability

The sculpture stands 16" high and weighs 4 kgs Shipping is free within the UK only.

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