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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 University of Oxford BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press Massachusetts Institute of Technology 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 Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Italian Cultural Institute HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Bayard Presse Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services Steer