Douglas Bader: “Rather Good, Old Boy”.

Have just finished to “re-read” this sincere book. Written by Laddie Lucas -another great air fighter himself-,this is not an orthodox autobiography; Lucas didn’t even try to account all the events and detail usually found in this kind of literature- he didn’t even give Bader’s number of air victories. What this book successfully explains is what make Bader “tick”; his motivations, ways, panache, etc. Of real interests, of course, is the “Big Wings” controversy as seen by Bader and his “gang” …quite refreshing.
Mind you, the end product if definitely biassed -the author easily confesses his unmitigated admiration to Bader- yet it nevertheless doesn’t turn to be the usually ghastly hagiography.

The Hutchinson first edition of the book has also a serious plus; this splendid Cuthbert Orde’s portrait in its cover front panel.

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