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Pic: MarkHillier/Pen&Sword/BNPS<br />
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Colin, on the right, pictured with Eamon Andrews (left) and Fred Massey after the filming of This is Your Life on 7 October 1957.<br />
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he remarkable story of a British hero double amputee pilot who took to the skies during the Second World War has come to light.<br />
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Flight Lieutenant Colin Hodgkinson lost his legs in a horror crash in a Tiger Moth in May 1939 but went on to emulate Sir Douglas Bader and fly Spitfires in the Royal Air Force.<br />
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He even endured a spell in the Great Escape prisoner of war camp after being shot down over France in 1943 but rejoined the RAF after being repatriated.<br />
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The pair were the only two British double amputee pilots to fly during the war - yet while Bader, rightly, is a household name, Flt Lt Hodgkinson's exploits have been largely forgotten.<br />
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This has prompted historian Mark Hillier to publish Flt Lt Hodgkinson's autobiography 60 years after it was penned which he hopes will shine some limelight on a 'special' man whose courage he says was every bit as great as Baders'.<br />
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Best Foot Forward, by Colin Hodgkinson, is published by Pen & Sword.