World War: IN THE AIR: One Valuable Man

"I propose that Douglas Bader be prohibited from ever stepping into an aircraft again. Such men as he—and there are many like him—are too valuable to England. . . . The race should be allowed to keep their finest types."

So wrote London Daily Mirror's Cassandra last month of Acting Wing Commander Douglas Robert Stewart Bader, 31, who has no legs. Last week the British race was suddenly without his services.

Douglas Bader cracked up bringing an R.A.F. plane out of a slow roll in 1931, woke up with both legs amputated, one at the thigh, one at the knee. He...

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