Here’s a conspiracy mystery that is a little different from usual ones we see, I hope you find it as interesting as I do.
It begins innocently enough, in the memoirs of Kenneth Williams, a Royal Navy medic who recounts how, in 1942, he was asked to assist the illustrious
Bader whilst he was staying at the Stork Hotel in Liverpool;
One morning before breakfast, Mr.Giles the manager, came and asked me if I knew of Douglas Bader. I looked at him and asked him was there
anybody who didn’t know of Douglas “Tin Legs” Bader. He then told me that Bader was going to be a guest in the hotel for a couple of weeks
whilst he was working on some project. Giles then looked at me apprehensively and said “Ken, how would you feel about, like, going up to his room
every morning before breakfast to give him some help to put his legs on?” I looked at him and said “You must be kidding, you want me to put
Douglas Bader’s legs on every morning?” “Yes, Ken,” he replied, “he finds it very difficult to cope on his own and I would appreciate it if
you could help him each morning.”
The problem with this is that Bader, completely unbeknownst to the author, had been shot down (possibly by one of his own men) the year before and we
now know that Bader was PoW from then until the end of war, finishing up in Colditz. How could this be?
takes you to Ken Williams own, condensed, account of the whole story so far, see what you
make of it.
I can tell you that much has been removed, maybe to make it more digestable, but many of the salient points are all there. I have been following the
story for at least three years and I recall many instances where help was offered regarding facts and records, only to be withdrawn after conact from
the MoD amongst others. Several papers regarding Douglas Bader from the war years are classified to this day under the 100 year rule, to what
Mr Williams was told by one source that he must have been mistaken and that he in fact met Colin Hodgkinson, a second RAF pilot who had lost both his
legs but who is virtually unkown, however Ken Williams was introduced to Bader so this cannot be. Indeed in a telephone conversation with JKen
Williams in 1976 Bader confirmed that he remembered being attended to by a young man in the Stork hotel in 1942. Fascinatingly however, Hodgkinson
wrote his autobiography in the 1950’s and recounting his own experience as a PoW he wrote how he took delivery of a new leg dropped by the RAF,
like Bader, but that due to tissue wastage there was no hope of it fitting and after several painful attempts with it he threw it away. Due to the
severity of the situation ‘Hoppy’ was repatriated by the Germans in 1944 and he came home to be fitted with new legs, which was the only way . Now
legend has it that the RAF dropped legs to Bader and he used them for the rest of the war, how can this be? He must have been measured up.
The idea that Bader might return to the UK to be fitted with new legs and then voluntarily return to Germany to see out his time in a PoW camp seems
preposterous, yet that seems to be the only realistic explanation. So what was the deal? And why is it so secret that pressure has been brought to
bear from official departments in the UK government?
If anyone can add any useful information it would be gratefully received and Mr Williams tells me that he will answer any questions you may have
through myself, Mr Williams himself has received a huge amount of personal abuse on other forums through his quest to merely find the truth and so is
unwilling to participate directly, and after some of the things I have seen directed at him I do not blame him. I hope and believe that ATS members
are more respectful towards an 84 year old veteran than these other forum contributors?
The main question therefore is not whether or not this meeting took place, the fact of it was confirmed by Bader himself at a time when the author was
unaware that it shouldn't have been possible, but rather WHY this meeting was possible, what was going on?
Edit; Mr Williams himself has looked at this post and in an email to me he comments;
That is indeed a very good a start to what may turn into a lively
You have not made any mistakes or posted any misinformation and have given a
good outline of the Enigma.
For which endorsement I am very grateful.
[edit on 17-7-2007 by waynos]