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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

Reading

  • Date

    1998

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    59 x 49.5 cm

  • Accession number

    PCF1

  • Acquisition method

    donated, c.2003

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The Royal Berkshire Hospital

London Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 5AN England

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