DBF News

Inclusive Shooting Opportunity

Are you a physically disabled or a visually impaired person? Why not try shooting? Over the weekend of 25th & 26th July, Felixstowe Rifle Club (FRC) will be running Taster Days in support of The British Paralympic Association (BPA), which is planning a National Paralympic Day on 26th July, the objective is to get more disabled people… View Article

Returning Wounded Flying Day

Douglas Bader Foundation – Returning Wounded Flying Day In association with and hosted by The Moray Flying Club at Kinloss Barracks, Forres, Morayshire, IV36 3UH Saturday 27th June 2015 This is the first event designed specifically to offer service personnel suffering injury sustained whilst on active service the opportunity of experiencing the thrill of flying and… View Article

A New Ambassador for DBF

We are delighted to announce that inspirational Polio survivor and founder of Freedom in the Air, Gautam Lewis, has accepted our invitation to become an Ambassador for the Douglas Bader Foundation. We are proud to have his involvement and to welcome him to our dedicated team. Gautam Lewis Biography Gautam Lewis was born in Kolkata, India in 1977…. View Article

New Escape Book Features Bader

From Interrogation to Liberation A Photographic Journey Stalag Luft 111 – The Road to Freedom by Marilyn Jeffers Walton and Michael C. Eberhardt (*Clicking on the image above will take you to Amazon where you can order the book) About the Book During World War II, 300,000 United States Army Air Corps airmen were shot… View Article

New film to feature Douglas Bader

Exciting to hear that a new film is in the pipeline featuring Douglas Bader’s escape from Warburg. A clip from the article in theMailOnline reads: “The story of how Douglas Bader recovered from having both legs amputated to become one of Britain’s greatest fighter aces is remarkable enough. But now another astonishing but little-known chapter of… View Article

Prince Harry supports Bader program

By Corinne Heller Article published in eonline, Sunday April 5th 2015 He feels the need, the need for speed! In new, undated photos released by the Boultbee Flight Academy in England on Easter Sunday, the U.K.’s (other) studly prince, Prince Harry, flies in the back of a Spitfire, a British fighter plane used during World War II. The 30-year-old… View Article

DBF Continue Support of Games

By David Bickers Douglas Bader Foundation continues its association with the Primary Games. Another fantastic day at Stoke Mandeville organised by LimbPower and WheelPower. Great turn out of families and in awe of the abilities of this varied group of children with disabilities and seeing a number of friendly faces from our Bader Braves events. Good… View Article

DBF Honoured at Bearstead

Fantastic Fundraisers of Bearstead GC Ladies Outgoing Ladies Captain of Bearstead Golf Club, Elizabeth Cracklen, chose the Douglas Bader Foundation as her Charity of the Year. In her short presentation speech she recalled that as a young girl she had watched the film “Reach for the Sky” which stared Kenneth Moore and portrayed Bader’s life as… View Article

Fun on the canals with The Bruce Trust

In a brand new venture for the DBF, we took to the open water (in the gentle form of the Kennet & Avon Canal) on a fine, sunny day on Wednesday 24th September. Our willing guinea pigs for the trip were a lovely band, members of the Roehampton Limb User Group (RLUG) from the Douglas Bader… View Article

Websites Under New Management

The Douglas Bader Foundation and Bader Info on Limb Loss (ex Limb Loss Information Centre) Websites are now under new management. After many happy years with Coreware, the websites will now be managed by the excellent Rob Sumner of North Devon Design, Design Space, 1 Uppcott Avenue, Pottington Business Park, Barnstaple, Devon, EX33 1HN. Rob has… View Article

DBF supports “FLY DAY” event organised by Freedom in the Air

Click on the link to see the inspirational Anne Wafula Strike, Polio victim and Paralympian sprinter, taking her first flying lesson at Elstree. Anne took this initial step on the way to achieving her dream to qualify for a private pilot’s license during “Fly Day”, an event organised with the aim of offering people with… View Article

Nathan Doidge – A New Ambassador for the DBF!

We are delighted and very honoured that Nathan Doidge has agreed to join our small but very select band of DBF Ambassadors. Ambassadors are selected because of their commitment to and support of the charity and for their inspirational personalities and achievements. ****** They are all people with whom we are proud to be associated… View Article

BADER BUS COMPANY Still Running 30 Years On!

HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY TO THE DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION! (Sadly, due to computer problems, published a day late!) Sir Douglas died in September 1982 and, following literally sackfulls of letters from amputees and other disabled he’d visited and inspired over the years, begging his family not to let his inspiration die with him, the Douglas Bader… View Article

Please join in our 30th Anniversary Celebrations

Sir Douglas Bader died on the 5th September 1982. Following literally hundreds of letters from people he’d helped and inspired begging us not to let his name or inspiration die with him, his family and friends formed The Douglas Bader Foundation to continue in his spirit. Since that time we have helped numerous amputees, those… View Article

BADER BRAVES receive support from Bakers and Larners in Norfolk

Norfolk Commercial Support for Bader Braves After 240 years of trading in the pretty and fascinating market town of Holt in Norfolk, the family run business of Baker & Larners has moved into the area of aviation (probably for the first time) and thrown it’s support into The Bader Braves Young Aviators project by naming… View Article

Ambassador Phil: Biggest challenge yet

OUR wonderful Ambassador, Phil Packer, MBE, who chose the Douglas Bader Foundation as one of his 26 charities to represent in his Virgin Marathon in 2010 challenge, 26 Miles in 26 Hours for 26 Charities, smashing his own record in the process, is off again as you will read below. Phil Packer MBE has embarked… View Article

Douglas Bader remembered. A Great Day at Tangmere Military Aviation Museum.

A report by David Bickers who was at Tangmere Military Aviation Museum on Sunday: Great Day at Tangmere Military Aviation Museum on Sunday 7th August.  ‘A Tribute to Douglas Bader ‘, held  just two days before the 70th Anniversary of Douglas’ last wartime active flight –  based at Tangmere, he took off from nearby West Hampnett and was… View Article

Threat to historic Battle of Britain pub where Douglas Bader and other fighter aces used to drin

A widow is pleading with a local council not to call time on a rural pub where some of “The Few” drowned their sorrows during The Battle of Britain. Developers want South Cambridgeshire District Council to give permission to turn The Plough in Shepreth, Cambridgeshire, – a village in Conservative Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s constituency… View Article

Deadly skies: The bloody truth about the Battle of Britain

From THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY Rarely in history has a battle been so mythologised as the conflict that took place in the skies above southern England between 10 July and 31 October 1940. But the truth about the Battle of Britain – and the brave young airmen who fought it – is far more complex,… View Article


Had he lived, our eponymous inspiration, Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader, would have been 101 today. We salute his birthday and feel sure that he would be proud of the charity set up in his name and the new initiatives and Events that we have in place. BADER BRAVES, a Douglas Bader Foundation initiative acknowledging… View Article
Battle of Britain: Hero pilot Bader’s story

Battle of Britain: Hero pilot Bader’s story

by Jenny Minard BBC Berkshire Reporter Of all the Battle of Britain pilots, the name that is still the most famous is Sir Douglas Bader. He destroyed 22 enemy aircraft and was a larger than life character – which alone made him a well-known name. But that he overcame losing his legs in a flying… View Article

Inspiring Decatur golfer inspired by others at tournament for amputees

DECATUR – Decatur’s Roe Skidmore Jr. went to Nashville, Tenn., this week to play in the 62nd annual National Amputee Golf Association Tournament, hoping he might inspire just one person. When he returned Friday, he did so realizing the person who’d been most inspired was himself. Oh, surely Skidmore was an inspiration, too. He won… View Article
The Douglas Bader Notebooks

The Douglas Bader Notebooks

Last weekend, on the 14th August, we took my mother, Joan Bader, to the Eastbourne Airbourne Airshow. We had gone by a curiously circuitous route, having been initially invited by Ian Mantel who had organised my mother’s travel insurance to South Africa in February and had asked if her name “had anything to do with… View Article

A Wonderful Gift

PETER CLOSE, a very gifted sculptor, has generously donated a bust of Douglas Bader to the Douglas Bader Foundation. With Peter’s blessing, we will use the bust to raise funds for the charity at a future dedicated fund-raising auction and are deeply grateful to him for this wonderful opportunity. Peter, who works from  his studio… View Article
New Events for Douglas Bader Foundation

New Events for Douglas Bader Foundation

THE DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION has several exciting new Events both fund-raising and otherwise planned for this important year – Sir Douglas Bader’s Centenary Year. 15th May: BADER BRAVES Flying Day – Caernarfon 6th June: BADER BRAVES Flying Day – R.A.F. Waddington 13th June: BADER BRAVES Flying Day – Goodwood 19th June: BADER BRAVES Flying Day… View Article

Hadrian’s Wall – A new Douglas Bader Foundation Event

The Douglas Bader Foundation has a new Event. A 3 day trek along some beautiful stretches of Hadrian’s Wall starting on the 25th June. Please note that times and other details are still to be announced. Please click HERE to find out more.

Sir Douglas Bader – Centenary Birthday Today

Had he lived, the eponymous inspiration of the Douglas Bader Foundation, would have been 100 today. We acknowledge his Centenary Year and feel sure that he would be proud of the new initiatives and Events that the Foundation has in place to honour it. BADER BRAVES, launched on the 10th February, is now up and… View Article

RAF Museum unveils Sir Douglas Bader exhibition at Colindale site

A UNIQUE war hero who battled to serve his country despite losing both his legs is celebrated in an exhibition opening in Colindale today. The RAF Museum’s Sir Douglas Bader Anniversary Exhibition, including medals, letters and log-books, marks 100 years since the famous Wing Commander’s birth and the start of his charity’s latest campaign to… View Article

Douglas Bader centenary exhibition launched at RAF Museum

Exhibition: Sir Douglas Bader Centennial Exhibition, Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon, until March 31 2010 The RAF Museum in Hendon has launched a Douglas Bader centenary exhibition, celebrating the inspirational pilot and disabled campaigner’s life with a selection of rarities from the RAF archives. As an added bonus, Sir Richard Branson has recorded a podcast… View Article
Ray Blackwell – An inspiration

Ray Blackwell – An inspiration

We are very grateful to Ray Blackwell for the following article. Also for the very welcome donation he raised for the Douglas Bader Foundation with his efforts. Thank you, Ray – you’re an inspiration. You would have thought at nearly 71 I would be pursuing more sedate pastimes like gardening etc, instead of crazy things… View Article
Douglas Bader – Blue Plaque Official Press Release

Douglas Bader – Blue Plaque Official Press Release

**EMBARGO – 12.01pm, 31ST MAY 2009** BATTLE OF BRITAIN HERO AND DISABILITY AWARENESS CAMPAIGNER, SIR DOUGLAS BADER, COMMEMORATED WITH ENGLISH HERITAGE BLUE PLAQUE – Sir Richard Branson to Join Celebration of World War ll Flying Ace who Suffered Double Amputation – – Bader’s Inspirational Work to Raise Profile of those Living with Disability Commemorated –… View Article
Douglas Bader – Blue Plaque

Douglas Bader – Blue Plaque

by Wendy McCleave On a glorious sunny Sunday morning I was lucky enough to be part of a select crowd of people associated with Sir Douglas who had gathered outside his old home in Petersham Mews to see an English Heritage Blue Plaque unveiled in his honour by Sir Richard Branson. Douglas and his first… View Article
Douglas Bader – Blue Plaque + Photo collections

Douglas Bader – Blue Plaque + Photo collections

On the 31st May, a glorious sunny Sunday morning I was lucky enough to be part of a select crowd of people associated with Sir Douglas who had gathered outside his old home in Petersham Mews to see an English Heritage Blue Plaque unveiled in his honour by Sir Richard Branson. Douglas and his first… View Article