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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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Armistice Day Service

On Friday 11 November 2016, the Museum’s annual Armistice Day Remembrance Service was held in the Memorial Garden. In beautiful early winter sunshine, the…

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Gift To The Museum

We are delighted to have received as a donation from his family, a set of tools previously belonging to the late Group Captain Alan…

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161 Next Generation Get-Together

On Sunday 17 July the Museum hosted a get-together of the families of three No 161 (Special Duties) Squadron Lysander pick-up pilots who…

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Phantom XV408 Gifted To The Museum

In November 2005 McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR2 XV408 arrived at the Museum on loan from the RAF Museum. This loan delighted the Museum’s present…

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