Writer and historian Dilip Sarkar MBE will be hosting a special presentation titled ‘I Knew The Few’ at the University of Worcester on the afternoon of Sunday 7 April, 2019.
The lecture will be uniquely illustrated with photographs from the pilots’ own collections. It will be followed by Jim Nicolson, nephew of James Nicolson VC, giving an illustrated and interactive talk about his uncle, titled ‘Battle of Britain VC’. Dilip will then present a further hour, ‘The Blast of War’, concerning his wider work on the missing, casualties, including his major Arnhem book project titled ‘Arnhem 1944: The Human Tragedy of the Bridge Too Far’ and exhibition to be based on the book at the Airborne Museum. Tickets cost £15 each, booking via the link at the bottom of the page.
Dilip has also just finished writing a new book on Battle of Britain pilot Brian Lane and 19 Squadron, through 1938-41. At 130,000 words long, it will include nearly 300 photos. It will be published by Pen & Sword next year. “I’m hoping to launch it at Bentley Priory on 6 July,” says Dilip. “On that day I will be presenting about the Few and 19 Squadron specifically, and Jim will again deliver his VC session. All in support of the Museum.”
March 2019The March 2019 issue of FlyPast tells the story of a Lockheed P-38 Lightning that has recently been returned to flight in the US and features exclusive air-to-air images from David Leininger of this distinctive machine in formation with one of its fork-tailed brethren. Engineer Ashley Ezell and aviation historian Kevin Grantham team up to describe a remarkable rebirth for one of World War Two’s most immediately identifiable fighters.
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A memoir written by the RAF’s highest-scoring Hawker Typhoon ace, the late Wg Cdr Johnny Baldwin, is presented by his son James.
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Pilot profile – Neville Duke
Ken Ellis and Graham Pitchfork outline the extraordinary career of one of Britain’s greatest aviators.
Starfighter lives on
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We also celebrate the return to the air of a fourth de Havilland Mosquito - PZ474 has made its first post-restoration flight in New Zealand and it’s not the only debutante this month. We also look at a CT-133 Silver Star that has roared back into Canadian skies following sterling work in London, Ontario. Elsewhere, Ken Ellis reflects on Britain’s bizarre series of prone-pilot prototypes, where the pilot would effectively lie flat to fly the aircraft. Jürgen Schelling takes to the air in a freshly restored DH Dove and Sean Feast describes action in the powerful but flawed Bristol Brigand.