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    Posted 6 years ago

    Alan2310
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    Good Evening CW Members--- 7:30 PM)2016-7-17
    I was surprise to find this hang to the wall in the barn yesterday at a yard sale, look be to a limited edition sign by both pilot:Douglass Bader & Adolf Galland, to commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, print by Robert Taylor.

    Thanks for Viewing.
    Alan

    ----------------------------------Douglas Bader--------------------------------------

    Douglas Bader was born in St John's Wood, London on 21st February 1910 and spent the early years of his life in India before returning to the United Kingdom. His uncle was adjutant to the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell and, at the age of 11, Bader decided that he would join the RAF.

    Seven years later, he won a scholarship to Cranwell, graduating in 1930. He was a keen sportsman, representing the College at Rugby, Shooting, Hockey, Athletics, Boxing and Cricket - the College Journal reported a boxing match in which "Bader in his usual 'no-time-to-spare' manner went straight at his opponent and knocked him out with two very hard rights. He took about the same time as he did last year, and is a very dangerous man to meet."

    From Cranwell Bader was posted to No.23 Squadron at Kenley, flying the Gloster Gamecock. He developed a talent for aerobatics and in 1931 performed in the RAF Display at Hendon.

    On 14 December, shortly after the Squadron's Gamecocks had been replaced by Bristol Bulldogs, Bader crashed at Woodley aerodrome, near Reading and was seriously injured. His right leg was amputated that day, and the left a few days later.

    Within six months of the accident Bader had not only learned to walk unaided on artificial legs, but was determined to fly again. Although he was able to demonstrate that he could meet the RAF's demanding requirements, a medical board ruled that he could not continue as an RAF pilot. He left the RAF in 1933 and joined the aviation department of the Asiatic Petroleum Company, soon to become part of Shell.

    For such a keen sportsman the loss of his legs was a terrible blow, but he responded by taking up golf and rapidly achieved a very high standard. He sustained his love for the game throughout his life.

    -----------------------------------Adolf Galland--------------------------------------

    Adolf “Dolfo” Galland was born on 19 March 1912 at Westerholt, Westphalia. At the age of 17 he started flying gliders. He began flying for Lufthansa after graduating from the German Commercial Air Transport School at Brunswick. This was at a time when the German Air Arm was created, following Hitler's rise to power, and students were sent clandestinely to the Soviet Union and Italy. In February 1934, he joined the Luftwaffe, an accomplished pilot and instructor, at the Fighter Pilot School at Munich-Schleissheim. By April 1935 he was a fighter pilot with Jagdgeschwader 2 “Richtofen”. In 1937, he volunteered for service with the Condor Legion in Spain. Galland was put in command of 3 Staffel of J/88, equipped with the Heinkel He-51 biplanes, which were used in the ground attack and support role. He distinguished himself, especially on the Asturias, Teruel and Ebro fronts, completing 280 combat sorties before being relieved by Werner Mölders in mid-1938. He had met Mölders in the hotel "Cristina" where they were billeted, and they were to become firm friends. Galland’s many original contributions to ground support techniques brought him to the attention of the Luftwaffe High Command. However, his reward for the innovative work in Spain was flying a desk in the Air Ministry working out directives for the organisation of close support units and the training of fighter pilots in direct support operations. When World War 2 broke out Oberleutnant Galland was a Staffelkapitän of 4.(S)/LG 2 equipped with the Henschel Hs 123, a biplane Stuka. He took part in the invasion of Poland flying 50 ground attack missions. Galland was awarded the Iron Cross, Second Class for his efforts. Galland was posted away to JG 27 at Krefeld, arriving there on 15 February 1940. He was assigned to the Geschwaderstab and assumed the role of Geschwader Adjutant. On 12 May, west of Liege, Belgium, he scored his first aerial victory. Two more victories followed that day. All three victims were RAF Hurricanes. By the end of the French campaign he had accumulated 14 victories. On 6 June 1940, Hauptmann Galland was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG 26. Promoted Major on 18 July, Galland stayed with III./JG 26 through the Battle of Britain.

    Courtesy of : http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/research/online-exhibitions/douglas-bader-fighter-pilot/early-career.aspx

    http://www.luftwaffe.cz/gallanda.html

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    Comments

    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Who won the depicted duel ?
    2. Alan2310 Alan2310, 6 years ago
      bb2, I don't think they never face each other, it's to commemorate the Battle of Britain, otherwise I will found somethings on it, I didn't.
      Many thanks for the comment and the love, trusty friend, much appreciated to always being here on my post, much appreciated.

      Regards
      Alan
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Years ago, I had a friend who was a pilot in the movie Battle of Britain , and he told me he flew 109's & spitfires. He said that the way the film was spliced when it was finished, that he shot himself down in 1 scene .
    4. Trey Trey, 6 years ago
      Wow what a find:)
    5. Trey Trey, 6 years ago
      What a great story bb2:)

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