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Billy Drake

A guest of honour at Tangmere 39 was the amazingly sprightly 92 year old Group Captain Billy Drake. He joined the RAF in July 1936 and was posted to No 1 Squadron at Tangmere in 1937 where he flew the Hawker Fury and subsequently the Hawker Hurricane. In a distinguished wartime career Billy became a leading British ace with a confirmed score of 20 enemy aircraft, 6 probables and 9 damaged. Ending the war with the DSO, DFC and Bar, Billy stayed in the RAF until his retirement in 1963.

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Project To Investigate US History At Tangmere

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New Percival Provost Painting

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Tangmere Military Aviation Museum Reopens

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum reopens its doors to the public on Wednesday 1 February after its annual two-monthly closure. During this ‘closed period’ our…

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