Lot 405: British pilot (1910–1982) who lost both his legs in 1931 but continued to fly in WWII with the use of artificial limbs. TLS, one page both sides, 7.75 x 9.5, July 30, 1963. A superb account of his combat with German ace Adolf Galland in World War II. In part: "The situation as far as I was concerned was that I was not downed by Alf Galland, the German ace, on August 9th, 1941. I collided with one of his pilots, (who I think was killed), over Bethune. I think the German pilot of the Me. 109 was killed in the collision, whereas I bailed out. Collisions in World War II were by no means uncommon, I think probably because there were a lot of aeroplanes in the sky milling around." Bader adds a few notes and corrections to the text in his own hand. In very good condition, with partial separations to intersecting folds (one repaired with toned tape), and scattered toning.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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