August 7th 2016
On Sunday, 7th August, the Museum’s main event of the year, ‘Bader Downed’, attracted several hundred visitors. In addition to our usual attractions we had a number of extra items including a Second World War plotting table re-enactment, stalls selling models, books and many other products; several aircraft cockpits were open for inspection and the afternoon brought a superb Spitfire display by its pilot, John Dodd, of the Boultbee Flight Academy.
John Dodd displaying the Boultbee Flight Academy's Spitfire TR9 (SM520, G-ILDA)
Talks were given on H E Bates (author of ‘The Darling Buds of May’, who served at RAF Tangmere in 1942), on the life of Douglas Bader (RAF Tangmere’s Wing Leader when he was shot down in August 1941) and on the 1969 Transatlantic Air Race (given by one of the two Harrier pilot participants, Air Vice-Marshal Graham Williams). We were joined on the day by David Bickers of the Douglas Bader Foundation and were pleased to welcome several amputees and their carers from the Douglas Bader Rehabilitation centre, Roehampton.
The Museum's Director, Dudley Hooley, left, with David Bickers of the Douglas Bader Foundation