BADER, Sir Douglas Robert Steuart, letters, autographs, documents, manuscripts

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BADER, Sir Douglas Robert Steuart (1910-1982). Royal Air Force Officer.
2 Typewritten Letters Signed to Geoffrey Powell, London, 2 pages 4to (a few chips, glue-stains to reverse of one letter), 11 November 1975 and 12 April 1978. With covering letter.

Thanking him for a letter and for sending him a copy of his book which he has signed. (1975). The 1978 letter responds to Powell's queries about Fradley Airfield at Lichfield. He claims he knows nothing about this airfield as he was a prisoner of war 'across the other side' from 9 August 1941. On this date Bader was shot down near St Omer in the Pas-de-Calais; thereafter he was a prisoner of war until he was released from Colditz in April 1945 despite numerous attempts by the 'legless ace' to escape, refusing repatriation on the grounds that he expected to return to combat. A covering letter from his secretary gives Powell the address of Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris.
Geoffrey Powell won an MC for leading the 156 Parachute Battalion at the Battle of Arnheim. He later served in MI5 and became a notable writer on military history.

£285 [No: 26495]
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