Douglas Bader This is Your Life

Discussion in 'The War In The Air' started by adamcotton, Apr 2, 2015.

  1. adamcotton

    adamcotton Senior Member

    I have just been watching a This is Your Life episode from 1982, featuring Douglas Bader. Same year he died. I narrowly missed meeting him that year, sadly. Anyway, link below. Enjoy!

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  2. Little Friend

    Little Friend Senior Member

    Yes it is very good ! I recorded it at that time on the new-fangled Video player.. still got this.
  3. adamcotton

    adamcotton Senior Member

    VHS tape wears out sadly. A least with You Tube we have no such problem...
  4. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    I met Bader in November 1981 at the signing of the book Flying Colours.
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  5. NickFenton

    NickFenton Well-Known Member

    Good to see these old memories.

    Douglas Barder, the original Mr Marmite. I also met him with my Father on a Golf course at Effingham during a pro-am tournament.


  6. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Thanks for sharing link

  7. Bernard85

    Bernard85 WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    good day adamcotten,sm, BADER,this is your life.great video.thank you for sharing.he was a true hero.regards bernard85
  8. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Nice to watch this, not just for Douglas Bader, but the programme as a whole, fine memories, never the same once Eamonn died.
  9. ritsonvaljos

    ritsonvaljos Senior Member

    At least this programme has survived. Recordings of many of the programmes from the earlier series of 'This is Your Life', involving key figures from the WW2 era, have not survived, although there may be written transcripts available.
  10. adamcotton

    adamcotton Senior Member

    It's sad to think that just about everybody in that programme has now passed away. I think Bader himself passed away later that same year, and Stanford Tuck in 1987. "Johnnie" Johnson lasted until well into the 2000s, but never will we see their like again...
  11. Little Friend

    Little Friend Senior Member

    But it's mine to keep and it hasn't worn out yet ! Probably I will before then.
  12. kopite

    kopite Member

    Excellent programme and I really enjoyed it. I've read "Flying Start" the memoir of Hugh Dundas, who was a guest on the show. One of the better RAF memoirs of WW2 and well worth a read.
  13. adamcotton

    adamcotton Senior Member

    Yes, I've read "Flying Start" too, and you're right, it's excellent! "First Light" by Geoffery Wellum is also well worth a read.
  14. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Thought I would post this again as the thread is about Bader.

  15. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    A very good interview with the great man here:

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    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

  17. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    What a fantastic interview. I’m so glad this thread popped up in my feed so that I could watch it. I have to say he comes off very well here.
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    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

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  19. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    Double post. Sorry.

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