Heroes of the Skies

TV Series – Episode 1 – Douglas Bader
(Channel 5, September 20 2012, 8pm)      

In July 1940, Squadron Leader Douglas Bader and his ragtag squadron of Canadian fighter pilots go into battle against Hitler’s mighty Luftwaffe.

The outcome of the Battle of Britain will determine the future of the free world.

But Bader is also fighting his own personal battle. Just eight years earlier, a catastrophic flying accident cost him both his legs.

Never one to accept defeat, Bader – equipped with prosthetic legs – beats all the odds to become Britain’s most celebrated fighter ace.

Using bold but controversial tactics, he and his men help turn the tide in the Battle of Britain.

This is his remarkable story.