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The successful pilots succeeded because they did not open fire until they were close to the target.
We were all flying around up and down the coast near Dunkirk looking for enemy aircraft which seemed also to be milling around with no particular cohesion.
Like the Spitfire it was immensely strong: a pilot had no need to fear the danger of pulling the wings off, no matter how desperate the situation became.
The sea from Dunkirk to Dover during these days of the evacuation looked like any coastal road in England on a bank holiday. It was solid with shipping.
If you came out of the sun, the enemy could not see you.
I think the greatest of all human virtues is loyalty. It embraces all the best of the human character: courage, faith, love and charity.
Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools.
I am not one of those who see war as a cricket match where you first give anything to defeat the opponent and then shake hands
If you held your fire until you were very close, you seldom missed.
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It was our fault, and our very great fault—and now we must turn it to use. We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.
February 21, 1910
September 5, 1982
Captain Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader was a Royal Air Force flying ace during the Second World War.
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