By Andy Saunders
On ninth August 1941 one of many maximum icons of the second one international warfare, Douglas Bader, used to be shot down, captured and later incarcerated. yet by means of whom, and the way? used to be it through one in all his lethal German competitors, as Douglas Bader himself maintained, or was once it through one among his personal facet? there was a lot debate and controversy between historians and in 2003 the writer of this booklet printed for the 1st time that Bader can have been sufferer to 'friendly fire'. That revelation used to be by way of curiosity within the nationwide press and later by means of a television documentary. during this ebook aviation historian Andy Saunders develops his speculation, subsidized up by way of robust facts and a wealth of information, and separates truth from fiction. He expertly dissects all of the fabric in relation to the day itself, and next occasions. He has additionally persisted the search to discover the mythical fighter pilot's plane, which holds very important clues. And he has startling new fabric to disclose right here additionally. This booklet will fascinate all who learn it and should be obvious through so much observers to be the ultimate on one of many nice mysteries of the total struggle. reports "...will curiosity fanatics and historians alike and may be visible by way of many to carry the ultimate resolution to at least one of the nice mysteries of the ecu air war."August 2008, Flight magazine "...will entice historians and common readers intrigued through this mysterious event."Book information, 07/2008
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