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Bader's Bad Show

© the artist. Photo credit: The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

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The artist explains the story behind this work: 'On 14th December 1931, three Bristol Bulldogs from RAF Kenley are seen climbing away from Reading Aerodrome after a social visit to the Reading Aero Club. The second pilot in line, Pilot Officer Douglas Bader, is turning back with the intention of performing a low-level slow roll across the airfield, but a error of judgement leads to him crashing and, severely injured, he is taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, where both his legs are amputated.

The Royal Berkshire Hospital


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    59 x 49.5 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    donated, c.2003


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London Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 5AN England

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