I Knew the Few…

Flight Lieutenant Bill Green of 501 Squadron – who narrowly escaped being shot down during the Battle of Britain and baling out dangerously low. Bill’s story is included in ‘The Final Few’.
Dilip at the launch of ‘Missing in Action: Resting in Peace?’, Worcester Guildhall, 1998, with Lady Bader and Battle of Britain pilots Richard Jones, Gordon Batt, Geoffrey Stevens and Peter Fox. Fifth from left is Dilip’s great friend Flight Lieutenant Ron ‘Cloudy’ Rayner DFC, who flew Spitfires from 1941 onwards. Sadly all of these wonderful guests and friends are now deceased – making Dilip himself a living link to the Few.

Sadly, the Few are fading away, as time marches on – but fortunately Dilip’s knowledge, archive and published record enables him to ‘Speak for the Few’ – whom, of course, he knew. Over the years, he has spoken at such prestigious venues as Oxford University, the RAF and Imperial War Museums, and the National Memorial Arboretum.

The legendary Wing Commander George ‘Grumpy’ Unwin DSO DFM of 19 Squadron, one of Fighter Command’s most aggressive and successful Spitfire pilots during 1940. Dilip was honoured to speak at George’s funeral in 2006.

Dilip’s uniquely close relationship with the Few over many years, and the depth of his research, enables this passionate, dynamic and gifted speaker to inspire with his illustrated presentations on a host of subjects associated with the Battle of Britain – especially the ‘human’ stories of the pilots who fought and won that epic, crucial, aerial battle for survival.

These unprecedented sessions, uniquely illustrated with photographs from the Few’s personal albums, are an absolute must for all enthusiasts and anyone even remotely interested in learning more about Our Finest Hour.

See our Upcoming Shows page for details of forthcoming events.