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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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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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'Tangmere' Locomotive Plate Exhibition Opens

On 3 May the ‘Tangmere Locomotive Plate’ exhibition was officially opened by Barry Eden, the donor of the plates.

David Coxon, the Museum’s Deputy Director,…

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Museum Annual General Meeting 2018

The Museum’s AGM held on Thursday, 26th April was attended by some 25 members of the Trust Company.    Given there were 4 vacancies for…

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RAF100 Commemorative Baton At Tangmere

On Monday 16 April the Museum had great pleasure in hosting the RAF100 Baton Relay Team. At about 1000 hours, relay runners Flight Sergeant Jay…

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