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.”
August 2019The August issue of FlyPast features an icon of D-Day on its cover. We visit North Weald to profile Douglas C-47A Skytrain ‘Drag ’em oot’, one of the first aircraft to drop paratroopers over France in the early hours of D-Day. It’s now owned by Aero Legends and recently returned to Normandy, almost 75 years to the day, to once again drop parachutists in tribute to the brave men who risked so much in June 1944. We describe this remarkable return and feature air-to-air photography of this beautifully maintained machine.
<b>WING TO WING</b>
Jamie Ewan was invited on board a Classic Wings’ Dragon Rapide for the firm’s debut fly-along experience with a pair of World War Two fighters – something you can do too from the company’s Duxford base.
<b>DAKS OVER DUXFORD</b>
Reports from the commemorative Daks Over Duxford event and from RAF Cosford’s annual showcase.
<b>COUGAR AND PANTHER IN THE SPOTLIGHT</b>
Our popular Spotlight section profiles a pair of Grumman jets, both of which proved their worth in the early years of the Cold War. We highlight the straight-winged Panther and its successor, the swept wing Cougar.
‘Kiwi’ fighter pilot Guy Newton and his squadron of Curtiss Kittyhawks helped to break the Japanese stranglehold on the Solomon Islands, as Andrew Thomas explains.
<b>GREAT WAR MAVERICK</b>
Daredevil World War One ace Charles Nungesser was as unpredictable as he was brilliant. Kathleen Hanser details some of the Frenchman’s daring exploits.
After the recent return to flight of Aero Vintage’s Great War-era de Havilland DH.9, we celebrate the many achievements of restoration experts Retrotec and we also visit the RAF Museum where the Lysander and Hampden projects are rapidly approaching completion. Bob Gordon reflects on the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s history and presents a story of triumph over the odds, while Ken Ellis takes us on a driving tour of Northamptonshire’s aviation heritage sites.