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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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Summer Exhibition Update

Since its opening on Saturday 21 July, the Museum’s summer exhibition ‘Tangmere and the SOE’ has been well attended and received by our visitors,…

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Tangmere and the SOE Exhibition Opens

On Saturday 21 July, nearly 70 guests including a dozen children arrived at the Museum for the formal opening of the ‘Tangmere and the…

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Lysander Replica Aircraft Arrives

On Saturday 16 June the Museum received its latest acquisition, a full-size replica of a Westland Lysander Mk III (Special Duties), the short take-off…

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Scale Model Show At Museum

On Saturday 5 May, in glorious spring weather, the Museum jointly ran a Scale Model Show with our local model club, Tangmere Sector Modellers.

This…

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