Tag: Battle of Britain

Guest Post: Dilip Sarkar MBE – Letters From The Few: Unique Memories of the Battle of Britain

Fascinated by the Battle of Britain from an early age, as a young man I realised that recording and sharing the Few’s memories was of paramount importance. At the time, back in the mid-1980s, membership of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association was well populated and the then Honorary Secretary, the now late Wing Commander Pat Hancock, supported my research by forwarding letters to individual pilots of interest. These included a wide-range of personalities, from famous airmen like Group Captain Peter Townsend and Air Marshal Sir Denis Crowley-Milling to the ‘also rans’, as Battle of Britain Hurricane pilot Peter Fox famously described himself and peers. Indeed, it was Peter’s ‘also rans’ that were of greatest interest to me, having recognised that whilst many famous and distinguished pilots had either published personal memoirs or had biographies written about them, lesser-lights had no platform to record and share their experiences. This I became dedicated to resolving.

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Meet the author: Dilip Sarkar MBE FRHistS

Driven by his passion to research and share the stories of casualties, and record the human experience of war, Dilip Sarkar MBE is a best-selling author whose work is highly regarded globally. In this Q&A Dilip, tells us more about his upcoming books! 

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Guest Post: Dilip Sarkar MBE – Squadron Leader Brian Lane DFC and Spitfire!

Squadron Leader Brian Lane DFC and Spitfire!

On 21 September 1940, Flying Officer Stanley Devon, an award-winning press photographer whose services the Air Ministry had officially engaged, visited Squadron Leader Douglas Bader’s 242 Squadron at the Duxford Sector Station, taking air-to-air pictures from a Blenheim of the swashbuckling, legless, ace leading his Wing. Afterwards, Devon took many photographs of 19 and 616 Squadron’s Spitfires and personnel at Duxford’s Fowlmere satellite – superb images recording fighter squadrons at the height of the epic Battle of Britain.

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