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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 Passes Annual Quality Assurance Appraisal

Following our annual appraisal by a VisitEngland assessor on Thursday 15 April, we are pleased to announce that the Museum has been accredited as a…

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Rare Trolley Accumulator Renovated

In 2016 the Museum was donated a rare early model of a Trolley Accumulator (trolley-acc) used in the Second World War to turn over…

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72 (R) Squadron Centenary Flypast

On 27 June No 72 (Reserve) Squadron celebrated its centenary with a nationwide Grand Flypast overflying the airfields the Squadron had operated from during the…

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Royal Garden Party

As a recipient of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service announced on 2nd January, the Museum received an invitation for two of our members to…

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