Sunday 7 April 2019: University of Worcester
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.
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.
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.
Sunday 4 August 2019: Imperial War Museum Duxford
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!).
Saturday 7 September 2019: ‘Meet the Author’,Imperial War Museum, London