Turner, John Frayn.


Shrewsbury, new ed., 1990. 156 pp., 25 photo & other plates. D.j., 21 x 15cm. FINE. For the first time, this book reveals the fascinating story of the charismatic Wing Commander Douglas Bader and the five squadrons which he led. The Bader Wing consisted of some sixty pilots in all and they made a crucial contribution to the Battle of Britain. This book highlights the dramatic aerial actions of the Canadian aces in Bader’s own 242 Squadron – Stan Turner, Willis McKnight and G. E. Ball. Their story is set against the broader canvas and controversy of the Bader Wing. The tactics and strategy favouring the Wing are forcibly argued by the author and some of the greatest names of World War II – Johnnie Johnson, Laddie Lucas, Sholto Douglas – testify to Bader’s leadership qualities.

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