#63 Douglas Bader / Eddie Waring – 21 February 1910

Douglas Bader

Group Captain Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader CBE, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar, FRAeS, DL (21 February 1910 – 5 September 1982) was a Royal Air Force fighter ace during the Second World War. Bader lost both his legs in an aircraft crash attempting aerobatics. In August 1941, he was forced to bale out over German-occupied France, was captured and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner of war. While imprisoned, Bader made as much trouble as possible, escaping in August 1942, only to be recaptured and sent to Colditz Castle, the camp for POWs who made repeated escape attempts. Bader’s fame meant he became the focus of a book and film, entitled Reach For The Sky in the mid-1950s.

Eddie Waring

Edward Marsden “Eddie” Waring (21 February 1910 in Dewsbury, West Riding Of Yorkshire – 28 October 1986) was a British rugby league football coach, commentator and television presenter, appearing on the television series It’s a Knockout and as the UK’s representative on the international umpiring team for the European version of the show, Jeux Sans Frontieres.
Further reading: Being Eddie Waring: The Life and Times of a Sporting Icon


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