Ilunga Posted July 10, 2022 Share Posted July 10, 2022 This thread is about people who inspire you/ others. Don't have to be famous, just that they inspire you or others. I am gonna start with a guy called Douglas Bader. When I was a kid me y parents gave me a book about Douglas called Reach for the Sky, it has also been made into a movie. Douglas was an RAF pilot between WW1-2, he like many performed acrobatics. He was a talented athlete playing rugby and cricket for Yorkshire, a very driven person. After being " dared" to do a low level manoeuver, he crashed. One leg was amputated above the knee, one just below. He eventually recovered and fought to stay in the RAF, passed all the tests a pilot needed to, however because of his " disability" they refused to take him back and he entered civilian life. Douglas took up golf on tin legs and was pretty good however he hated civilian life. Then WW2 came along. Pilots were among the most precious commodities at the beginning of the war/ battle of Britian. Douglas not only successfully shot down Germans, he and Leigh Mallory came up with tactics, big wings of fighters, to shoot down the bombers en- masse. After the Brits won the battle of Britian, his tactics were a big part of this, he flew a record amount of sorties over France until he was shot down and captured. He escaped, they took his legs off him, he escaped again. Eventually he ended up in Colditz Castle, the place the Germans put the guys who just kept on escaping. After the war he worked with men who had lost limbs, hands, feet , to help them became the best they could be. This man epitomizes what I teach my son, never ever give up. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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