posted on Feb, 15 2008 @ 04:38 PM
It is very satisying to see some vigorous and sensible discussion taking place brought about by my account of meeting Bader in Liverpool in 1942.
However, may I suggest that in the three or more years that my story has been on the net and discussed by many thousands of mainly for and the few
against my story commentators, that literally hundreds of scenarios have been presented to me as why Bader made this historic brief return.
I have published most of these but have supppressed a number for reasons that I will not go into at this time.
If you have read the autobiography of the other less known and publicised WWII legless pilot, Colin "Hoppy" Hodgkinson who was in many ways a carbon
copy of Douglas Bader, you will begin to understand the problems associated with the repair and replacement of damaged artifiical limbs in a enemy
country in a time of violent war.
Colin also had a spare leg made in England and dropped by parachute but due to the fact that he was not measured correctly or the new leg fitted by
the makers and "tuned in" he found his new leg completely useless and in his own words he "Threw it away."
Colin's book is very hard to find, but if a comparison of the mindsets of Colin and Douglas are of interest and believe me, they are, you will find
his book fascinating and most revealing. Colin was by the way eventually repatriated back to England and interestingly, via Liverpool!
Before anyone can get really get involved in fruitful discussion on the pros and cons of this matter it is an obvious requirement that you believe
that Bader visited Liverpool when I claim he did, and then consider the reasons I now believe to be why he came, simply for attention to his
devastated articifial limbs.
I may be totally wrong in my suggested reason for his visit but in view of a surprising comment received recently and confidentially, I would bet
heavily that new legs were the reason he came back - any other possible covert activities that he may or may not have been involved in are not for me
to speculate upon or promote.
However, there is an outstanding closed file on Douglas Bader that still may have 20 or more years to go. Then of course you will probably know that
some information on various subjects is so sensitive that it is "Never to be Released."
You can rest assured however, that my account of meeting Bader in 1942 is fully authentic and I will never be forced or persuaded to change my story
by antagonistic detractors intent upon putting me down for reasons best known to themselves that they are unable or unwilling to elucidate.
Good Luck with your debates