Yes, I know he flew planes and this is an army forum, but I think we should allow a bit of cross-over in this case... ENGLISH HERITAGE BLUE PLAQUE TO COMMEMORATE BATTLE OF BRITAIN HERO SIR DOUGLAS BADER UNVEILED Sir Richard Branson yesterday unveiled a blue plaque commemorating Sir Douglas Bader. Bader was an ambitious pilot in the RAF but suffered a double leg amputation after a plane crash in 1931 â yet he defied doctors expectations by walking with a pair of artificial legs within six months of the crash and he fought his way back to flying duties. He went on to develop, and play a crucial role in, the âbig wingâ strategy that resulted in the Battle of Britain victory. His outstanding war contribution was only cut short when Bader collided with a German aeroplane and was captured and held as a prisoner of war at Colditz until liberation in 1945. In peace time, Bader increasingly turned his attention to charitable activities on behalf of the disabled. Always sympathetic about the plight of others who had lost limbs, he offered both inspiration and practical advice to those living with disabilities Plaque can be seen at Petersham Mews, Kensington, west London, where Sir Douglas lived for almost 30 years from 1955 until his death.