Dilip Sarkar is a professional historian and the author of more than 50 books. Made an MBE for ‘services to aviation history’ in 2003 and elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society in 2006, he enjoyed a privileged relationship with many of The Few and other survivors, and has specialised in recording first-hand accounts and researching the stories of casualties with the full cooperation of families concerned.
Consistently, he has discovered and unlocked previously unshared material, from substantial unpublished memoirs to personal letters, diaries and photographs – which is what Battle of Britain: The People’s Project is all about.
People make history – and this visionary project seeks to engage the public in sharing material relating to the Battle of Britain period from family archives. The intention is that this will be catalogued and collated and potentially included in what will be the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust’s official, seven volume, history of the Battle of Britain, written by Dilip Sarkar.
As each volume is published, there will also be an exhibition at The Wing, the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust’s Visitor Centre at Capel-le-Ferne.