As Headquarters Fighter Command, Bentley Priory played a pivotal role during the Battle of Britain and next month a renowned historian will be launching a new book profiling a squadron which played a key role during the conflict at the museum.
Dilip Sarkar MBE will be releasing Spitfire! – the story of 19 Squadron – alongside a day of talks at Bentley Priory Museum on July 6.
The special day will see Dilip give illustrated talks on 19 Squadron during the Dunkirk and Battle of Britain period, and on some of the many Battle of Britain pilots with whom Dilip has enjoyed friendships over the years.
The talks will be accompanied by rare photographs and memorabilia from Dilip’s own private archive.
Dilip will be joined by friend and fellow aviation historian Andy Long, who will give a presentation on the often over-looked Boulton-Paul Defiant and its contribution to the Dunkirk campaign and Battle of Britain.
Christina Avramakis, Operations Manager at Bentley Priory Museum, said staff are looking forward to the day.
She commented: “We are privileged to welcome historians Dilip Sarkar and Andy Long to the Museum to celebrate the release of Dilip’s 38th book and to share with our visitors the important stories of the Battle of Britain pilots and often forgotten Boulton-Paul Defiant. This special day is particularly timely, with the anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain, July 10 1940, only four days later.”
Dilip Sarkar MBE said: “It is a real honour to be launching Spitfire! and presenting at and in support of Bentley Priory Museum – Fighter Command’s Battle of Britain HQ. There will be a lot of spirits looking over my shoulder, of friends now passed, and it is vitally important that their stories are not forgotten – but shared, with passion.”
Admission to the Museum on Saturday July 6 will be available with pre-booked tickets only.
Tickets are available to purchase on the Museum’s website bentleypriorymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/an-audience-with-dilip-sarkar-mbe/