Previous Events 2019

Sunday 7 April 2019: University of Worcester

Dilip Sarkar signing a few of his 38 books for Simon Jones!
The throng gathers – at left is 94-year-old Peter Taylor, who flew Spitfires and Mustangs with 65 and 19 Squadrons, with Tessa Chambers, the daughter of Battle of Britain Hurricane pilot Wing Commander Tim Elkington, at whose Memorial Service Dilip was honoured to speak at the following month.

At this first event of 2019, Dilip provided two presentations, ‘I Knew the Few’, his superb, very personal, uniquely illustrated PowerPoint on some of the many Battle of Britain pilots he was privileged to know, and ‘The Blast of War’, a thought-provoking glimpse of his work on those still Missing in Action.

Special guest was Jim Nicolson, who gave an illustrated and inter-active session concerning his august uncle, Wing Commander James Brindles Nicolson VC DFC – Fighter Command’s only VC of the Second World War.

Jim Nicolson, left, discussing a point of detail with aviation historian Andy Long.

Saturday 6 July 2019: Bentley Priory Museum, Stanmore

On this remarkable day, Dilip launched his new book ‘Spitfire!’, a huge history of 19 Squadron 1938-41, firmly focussed on the human experience involved and made possible due to his close personal friendships with the survivors.

Again, Dilip provided two unique presentations, firstly on 19 Squadron, and secondly an all-new ‘I Knew the Few’ – which, owing to the number of the Few Dilip knew, is never the same twice.

Air Marshal Cliff Spink introducing Dilip Sarkar at Bentley Priory – where several times Dilip attended the annual Battle of Britain Fighter Association annual reunion dinner – dining on each occasion with over 100 of the Few!

Dilip was joined at the event by life-long friend and fellow author Andy Long, who gave a riveting presentation, profusely illustrated, on the Boulton Paul Defiant – the subject of his forthcoming book being published by Pen & Sword.

Andy Long talking Defiants…
Bentley Priory – Fighter Command’s Battle of Britain HQ – a superb Museum run by terrific staff and wonderful volunteers for whom nothing is too much trouble – highly recommended!

Sunday 4 August 2019: Imperial War Museum Duxford

Spitfire N3200 – of 19 Squadron!

It was a privilege to be invited by the IWM to present on the new 19 Squadron book on what was the 81st anniversary of 19 receiving the RAF’s first Spitfire.

Dilip’s uniquely illustrated presentation in the superb Marshall Learning Centre was well-attended and received, stimulating, as always, positive comment on social media.

This ‘Showcase’ day also featured superb flying displays by Spitfires, a Hurricane and other warbirds – and the previous day Dilip flew in an open-cockpit Tiger Moth biplane with Classic Wings, which he describes as ‘Awesome!’


Sunday 18 August 2019: Kent Battle of Britain Museum, Hawkinge

Appropriately, on the 79th anniversary of what Dlip’s friend and mentor the late Dr Alfred Price famously described as ‘The Hardest Day’, Dilip enjoyed spending the day signing and talking to visitors at the remarkable Kent Battle of Britain Museum – where the remains of over 700 aircraft destroyed in the Battle can be seen (amongst much else besides!).

Dilip with his great friend and publisher, Martin Mace of Pen & Sword/Frontline Books.
Not unusually, some visitors brought boxes of Dilip’s previous titles for him to sign!
For more information on the Kent Battle of Britain Museum, please click on the photo above.

Saturday 7 September 2019: ‘Meet the Author’,Imperial War Museum, London

Dilip at the prestigious IWM London
Another enjoyable day meeting and chatting to visitors about my favourite subjects!
And an opportunity to see Spitfire R6915, flown during the Battle of Britain by Pilot Officer RFG Miller, amongst others, of 609 Squadron – whose story will be featured in Battle of Britain 1940: The Finest Hour’s Human Cost (Pen & Sword, June 2020).
And a rare opportunity to visit the Battle of Britain Monument at Westminster.