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Pathfinders and Kamikaze Hunters: The Last of the World War II Aviators

Will Iredale, Colin Bell and Keith Quilter

Sunday, 31 March 2019

12:00pm

1 hour

Randolph Hotel: Ballroom

£7 - £12.50

Journalist and author Will Iredale is joined by two surviving veterans of World War II, Colin Bell and Keith Quilter, to discuss how British pilots fought the war in the skies above Europe and the Far East.

Bell was part of the RAF’s Light Night Striking Force and flew 50 missions over Germany in a Mosquito fighter/bomber — including 13 over Berlin.  Quilter was a Fleet Air Arm naval carrier pilot flying the Corsair, who dive-bombed the German battleship Tirpitz and specialised in low level day light attacks over Japan. For both, the danger was immense and required extraordinary skill and unbelievable courage. The three will discuss dangerous missions over Germany and Japan and tell of hair-raising exploits from 70 or more years ago.

Iredale is a media consultant and former Sunday Times journalist. His first book, The Kamikaze Hunters, told the story of a group of young airmen who fought the Japanese Kamikaze pilots in the Pacific in 1945. He is currently working on a new book on the Pathfinders — the elite squadrons of the RAF Bomber Command.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden