Post by johnnyfalcon on Apr 22, 2012 20:28:23 GMT 12
Recently when visiting my parents I noticed that Dad had a copy of Reach for the Skies, the Douglas Bader biography, in his bookcase. I took the opportunity to read it as the last time I'd done so was when I was 12 years old.
More recently Dad has passed away and I'm progressively helping Mum sort Dad's things out. It was during this sort out that it came to my attention that the title page of Dad's copy of this book appears to have been autographed by Douglas Bader himself.
Post by johnnyfalcon on Apr 23, 2012 19:51:20 GMT 12
I didn't know he visited NZ. This copy is the October 1955 edition, the first being March 1954. I'm unsure what Mum is going to do with it - she is a bookworm but has no interest in aviation, but I have alerted her to the significance of the autograph! Happily, she has a great love of anything historical.
There was a fascinating thread on the FlyPast Forum about the documentary Who Downed Douglas Bader, in which i read he was a kiwi. The entire thread seems to have disappeared for some reason. It's a very good doco by the way.