On Saturday 10 October 2020, Dilip will be delivering uniquely illustrated presentations at St George’s RAF Memorial Chapel of Remembrance, Biggin Hill.
Featured will be both Battle of Britain 1940: The Finest Hour’s Human Cost, and Letters From The Few, these titles commemorating the Battle of Britain’s 80thanniversary.
Amongst the stories in the first title is that of Aircraftman 1st Class John Joseph Jackson, a member of 610 ‘County of Chester’ Squadron’s Spitfire groundcrew – sadly killed when Biggin Hill was bombed on 30 August 1940. A Mancunian, John had married Hilda in 1938, their daughter, Hazel being born the following year.
Another story connected with Biggin Hill is not necessarily one the reader would expect to find in such a book: that of Oberleutnant Siegfried Stronk, an Me 109 pilot of 8/JG53, shot down in combat with Spitfires and killed on 2 October 1940; his aircraft crashed at Sutherland Avenue, Biggin Hill. Siegfried left behind a pregnant wife, so never met his daughter, Erika.
Dilip’s fee is being donated in support of St George’s Memorial Chapel.
In the audience will be some very interesting people, including relatives of AC1 Jackson and Oberleutnant Stronk – details coming in 2020.