Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader was a Royal Air Force flying ace during World War 2. Bader was credited with 22 aerial victories, four shared victories, six probables, one shared probable and 11 enemy aircraft damaged during his career.
After losing both of his legs in a flying accident in 1931, Bader was forced to retire from the RAF, only to once again be reinstated as a pilot after the outbreak of the Second World War.
Bader was posted to command No. 242 Squadron RAF as acting squadron leader on 28 June 1940, a Hawker Hurricane unit based at RAF Coltishall. 242 Squadron mainly consisted of Canadians low on morale after a high number of losses in the Battle of France. Despite initial resistance, Bader successfully transformed 242 Squadron in to an effective fighting unit once again.