Battle of Britain: The People’s Project

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Dilip Sarkar is well-known for his original research and use of primary sources, working with survivors and their descendants, and the families of casualties, to tell these moving stories and unlock previously unpublished material. This desire to record and share these stories inspired Dilip to initiate this vital Project as a partnership between The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and National Memorial to The Few, and Pen & Sword, encouraging the public to share information such as letters, diaries, photographs etc connected with the summer of 1940 – anything and everything is of interest connected with all aspects of the ‘Finest Hour’ . The idea is that this material could then be included in the new seven volume official history of the Battle of Britain Dilip is currently writing for The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, the emphasis of which will focus on the human experience involved.

This video, introduced by Squadron Leader John Peters, describes the Project: –



Tessa Houghton, the niece of Flying Officer Richard Demetriadi and Flight Lieutenant William Rhodes-Moorhouse DFC, with the family archive – just one example of the original material Dilip Sarkar has sought out during a career spanning four decades. The stories of Tessa’s uncles were told in ‘Battle of Britain 1940: The Finest Hour’s Human Cost’ (2020).

For more information on The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, please click on the photograph above.