Reach for the Sky

Author(s): Paul Brickhill


The bestselling story of Britain's most courageous and most famous flyer, the Second World War hero Sir Douglas Bader. In 1931, at the age of 21, Douglas Bader was the golden boy of the RAF. Excelling in everything he did he represented the Royal Air Force in aerobatics displays, played rugby for Harlequins, and was tipped to be the next England fly half. But one afternoon in December all his ambitions came to an abrupt end when he crashed his plane doing a particularly difficult and illegal aerobatic trick. His injuries were so bad that surgeons were forced to amputate both his legs to save his life. Douglas Bader did not fly again until the outbreak of the Second World War, when his undoubted skill in the air was enough to convince a desperate air force to give him his own squadron. The rest of his story is the stuff of legend. Flying Hurricanes in the Battle of Britain he led his squadron to kill after kill, keeping them all going with his unstoppable banter. Shot down in occupied France, his German captors had to confiscate his tin legs in order to stop him trying to escape. Bader faced it all, disability, leadership and capture, with the same charm, charisma and determination that was an inspiration to all around him.


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Part of the Cassell Military Paperback 'Read a Great Movie' promotion A best-seller, this is the biography of Britain's most famous airman and hero of World War Two Also famous as a film starring Kenneth Moore The success of BADER: THE MAN AND HIS MEN by Michael G Burns, also in the Cassell Military Paperback series

During the war Paul Brickhill was shot down over German territory and sent to a prisoner of war camp. After the war he wrote about the numerous escape attempts in which he was involved in THE GREAT ESCAPE.

General Fields

  • : 9780304356744
  • : Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • : Cassell military
  • : 0.27
  • : November 1999
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 24mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 384
  • : 8 B/W Photo\Illu(s)