Renowned aviation author Dilip Sarkar will be at the Battle of Britain Memorial in September to deliver two unique, illustrated presentations to mark the launch of his latest book. PLEASE NOTE THE DATE, which has been moved from June because of the coronavirus crisis.
Dilip, who was made an MBE in 2003 for services to aviation history, will be presenting morning and afternoon talks on a Battle of Britain theme on Sunday 27 September following the launch of Battle of Britain 1940 – The Finest Hour’s Human Cost.
At 11am he will be expanding on some of the stories in the book, focusing on members of the Few who lost their lives during the ‘finest hour’, examining their all-too-short lives and sharing their tragic stories.
The book, which has been researched and produced with the full co-operation of the families concerned, is expected to be a significant contribution to Battle of Britain knowledge. Signed copies of the book, and some of the author’s other works, will be available in The Wing before and after the talks.
At 2pm Dilip will deliver a second talk entitled I knew The Few that will reflect his uniquely close relationship over many years with the men who fought the Battle of Britain and will feature inspirational tales illustrated by photographs from the Few’s personal albums.
Dilip Sarkar has been fascinated by the Second World War for a lifetime, his prolific output focused on the ‘human’ element of war. He is deeply moved by the stories of casualties – especially the ‘missing’ – and how these losses continue to affect families today.
For many years he enjoyed a uniquely close and privileged relationship with innumerable Battle of Britain pilots and the relatives of casualties, a relationship that enabled him to write prolifically, publish original research and collate an enormous archive of photographs. He has now written nearly 40 books, including the authorised biographies of Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader and Air Vice-Marshal Johnnie Johnson, the official RAF top-scoring fighter pilot of the war.
Dilip’s boundless passion for sharing these stories with the wider world was recognised in 2003, when Dilip was made an MBE. Elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society in 2006, Dilip has First Class Honours in Modern History from the University of Worcester.
Places are limited to 50 seats per talk, and so booking is essential and will be done strictly on a first come, first served basis.
Ticket prices: Per talk – Hurricane members of Friends of the Few £5; Spitfire members £10; all others £15. Both talks – Hurricane members £9; Spitfire members £18; all others £27.
All proceeds are being donated to the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust. Book by ringing 01303 249292 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org