History from a Dizzy Height


spitfireI don’t suppose I was greatly missed over the last four days,but in case I was!!! please let me explain.  On Sunday morning at church a wave of dizziness swept over me, I managed to drive home but spent the rest of the day very quietly. Monday I was worse, Tuesday I could barely get from room to room. Anyway I wont make you suffer the details. Yesterday at hospital after a variety of tests I was given a medication to try.  I think I’m on the mend and not feeling like I just dusted off a bottle of Irish Whiskey. However what gave me the idea for today’s blog was the name of the doctor who cared for me at the hospital. It was Bader!. Does not mean anything to you eh! Well it made me think of Douglas Bader. It also made me think of the Paralympics that are presently running at Sochi. I think if Douglas Bader were alive today he would have a great interest in these games.  Bader joined the Royal Air Force in 1928 and in 1931 crashed his bi-plane and as a result lost both legs. Returning from the brink of death and much against his wishes he was retired from the RAF on medical grounds. When the Second World war began in 1939 he clomped into the recruiting office and despite his disability was accepted as a pilot once again in the RAF. He fought as a fighter pilot over Dunkirk and in the Battle of Britain. In 1941 he was shot down over enemy territory, he bailed out and was taken prisoner. Bader made several escape attempts despite his two artificial legs.  At one time the Germans threatened to take his legs  unless he agreed to stop trying to escape. He was eventually sent to Colditz Castle were he remained until the end of the war. After the war Bader retired in the rank of Group Captain, he was Knighted and held held many medals and awards of valor. He died on the 5th Sept 1982 at the age of 72. I think today we have come far in what we see as disability. No longer are people condemned to a lifetime in a wheel chair or worse. We now have the Paralympics, a shinning example of athletes competing at Sochi, athletes that I`m sure would have made Douglas Bader proud. Heck!! he was such a man that if he were still alive today he would probably be there competing himself. And that folks, is my small tribute to the history of a great man and to all the athletes at Sochi

God Bless and keep reading

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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