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Frank ‘Chota’ Carey

Frank ‘Chota’ Carey was one of the RAF’s top scoring fighter pilots in WW2, with 25 kills to his credit. He was in action from the start of the war serving in France, before the Dunkirk evacuation and then flew from Tangmere during the Battle of Britain. Shot down on August 18th and injured in the ensuing crash landing in a field near Pulborough, Frank had a brief period in hospital before being posted to Burma, and subsequently, in 1944, to Egypt. When the war ended he was posted back to Tangmere to command the newly formed Central Fighter Establishment. He died in December 2004. Norman Franks has written a biography of Carey’s life, entitled ‘Frank ‘Chota’ Carey’ and this book will be launched at the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum on Sunday May 14th from 2pm. It has an RP of £18 and can be purchased at our shop on the day. Various veteran pilots and the author will be there for the launch, so do come along and meet them.

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