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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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Museum AGM - 2017

The Museum’s AGM held on Thursday, 27th April was attended by some 30 members of the Trust Company.  Having served as a Trustee for…

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Dutch And Canadian Student Cycle Tour Starts At Tangmere

On 22 April the Museum hosted 60 Dutch and Canadian students on the 2017 Frank Graham liberation cycle tour. This year’s tour theme is…

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New Book Published By The Museum

A new book entitled ‘Tangmere’s Own: Pilots who served King and Country from a Sussex airfield, 1918-1958’ has recently been published by the Museum….

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Polish And Czech Pilot Booklet

To support this summer’s temporary exhibition at the Museum on Polish and Czech fighter pilots from 22 July until 3 September, the Museum has…

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