Without doubt the most famous RAF fighter ace of World War II, Douglas Bader joined the air force in 1928, but was invalid out after a horrific crash in 1931 cost him both his legs. After learning to walk and fly again, Bader rejoined the RAF in 1939, fighting over Dunkirk and in the Battle of Britain, where he played a leading role in the "Big Wing Controversy" that continues to divide military experts to this day.
In August 1941 Bader was brought down and captured. After a number of escape attempts, Bader was moved to the infamous prisoner of war camp at Colditz Castle where he remined to the end of the war. After the war Bader campaigned for the disabled, continuing to fly until 1979.