War hero's leg up for auction

A PROSTHETIC leg worn by war hero Douglas Bader is to be sold at auction.The leg is one of 43 items belonging to the Second World War hero, who was stationed in Martlesham in 1940.

A PROSTHETIC leg worn by war hero Douglas Bader is to be sold at auction.

The leg is one of 43 items belonging to the Second World War hero, who was stationed in Martlesham in 1940. He was best known for continuing to fly for the RAF despite losing both his legs in a plane crash.

Flying legend Sir Douglas was born in London in 1910 and joined the RAF in 1928. He got a commission as a pilot in 1930 and later flew and fought in the Battle of Britain.

The airbase in Martlesham Heath, which is now the site of the Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum, was used by the RAF during the Second World War, including Sir Douglas.

The pub at Martlesham Heath was named after him - he officially opened it back in the early 1980s.

Among the other notable names who passed through Martlesham were squadron leader Peter Townsend.

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In 1976 Sir Douglas was knighted in recognition of his work for the disabled. He died six years later in 1982 as a result of a heart attack.

Bader's prosthetic legs were previously kept at a RAF museum in Stafford.

Eleys Auctions in Boston, Lincolnshire, also plans to sell prints belonging to Adolf Hitler of his lover Eva Braun, and a set of three silver trays that were presented to him on his 50th birthday.