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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 Griffiths.

After completing his pilot training in 1936, the then Pilot Officer Griffiths was posted to RAF Tangmere to fly the Hawker Fury with No 43 Squadron (“The Fighting Cocks”).   In March 1937, No 87 Squadron began reforming at Tangmere and he was transferred to the new unit.  Not being keen on the prospect, he applied for an attachment to the Fleet Air Arm which at that time was seeking the loan of RAF pilots.  He was accepted and left Tangmere at the end of May for a temporary spell with the Royal Navy.

Alan much enjoyed his brief squadron life at Tangmere and we think the Museum a fitting home for his family’s generous gift.

Photo: Alan Griffiths c. 1940

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