Dilip Sarkar MBE FRHistS


                             Click on the photo to read Dilip’s ‘Meet the Author’ Pen & Sword blog.

Author of over fifty well-received books during a lifetime of dedication, inspired by the Spitfire and Battle of Britain stories since childhood, Dilip now writes for Pen & Sword, and is a firm supporter of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust. Most importantly, in 2022, he initiated ‘Battle of Britain: The People’s Project’ (see dedicated page) as a partnership between the Trust and Pen & Sword, and is currently writing the Trust’s official history of the Battle of Britain in seven volumes. 


Fascinated by the Second World War for a lifetime, Dilip’s prolific research and publishing is focused on the ‘human’ element of war. He is deeply moved by the stories of casualties – especially the ‘missing’ – and how these losses continue to affect families today.  For many years, Dilip enjoyed a uniquely close and privileged relationship with the Few, veterans from the wider war, and the relatives of casualties, enabling him to write prolifically, publishing unique first-hand accounts and photographs. His works include the authorised biographies of Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader and Air Vice-Marshal Johnnie Johnson, the official RAF top-scoring fighter pilot of the war. That said, he is primarily motivated by the untold stories of forgotten heroes – of which there is no shortage.

Dilip’s boundless passion is sharing these stories with the wider world, to which end throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, he organised numerous high-profile exhibitions, book launches and symposiums, attended by a host of the Few and wartime personalities – providing the public an unprecedented opportunity to meet names from the pages of history. This visionary approach was recognised in 2003, when Dilip was made an MBE for ‘services to aviation history’. Elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society in 2006, Dilip has First Class Honours in Modern History from University Worcester, and is also a retired police officer whose work is renowned for being evidence-based – often challenging long-accepted myths.He has worked on numerous television documentaries on an international basis throughout his long career, on and off-camera, and continues to do so.

                 Air Vice-Marshal Johnnie Johnson and Dilip Sarkar at the launch of ‘Bader’s Tangmere Spitfires’, 1996.

As Battle of Britain fighter ‘ace’ Wing Commander George Unwin DSO DFM famously said, ‘If you want to know anything about the Battle of Britain and the Few, don’t ask us, ask Dilip!’