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Museum Commemorates 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

The Museum has recently combined with the local Chichester Cinema at New Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a series of talks and films. On the first two days of the Battle of Britain week David Coxon, the Museum’s Curator gave talks to our visitors on ‘Tangmere’s Battle of Britain Pilots’ at the Museum. His talks were followed by guided tours of the relevant parts of the Museum. On the third day the cinema showed the classic Guy Hamilton 1969 film ‘Battle of Britain’ starring Laurence Olivier, Michael Redgrave, Christopher Plummer and many other well known British actors of the time. Following the film the Museum’s Director, Dudley Hooley gave an excellent talk on the ‘16 August 1940 – a critical day for Tangmere and Fighter Command’.

 

On the fourth day, the cinema was again the venue where the 1952 film ‘Angels One Five’ was shown. This film, made in 1951, is in many ways the most authentic celluloid representation of the battle. RAF Kenley was used for the outside location filming and some of the actors taking part were actually involved in the Battle of Britain as fighter pilots or sector controllers. Following the film, Dudley Hooley hosted a Question and Answer session with Joe Roddis, a Spitfire squadron engine mechanic during the battle. Joe gave very moving answers to questions on two of the pilots he had served with in No 234 Squadron, one of whom was the famous Bob Doe. The photograph shows Joe with Dudley during the Q&A session.

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