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New Lysander Pilot Book

A new book published by the Museum is now on sale in the museum shop. The book, entitled Lysander Pilot: Secret Operations with 161 Squadron was written by James Atterby ‘Mac’ McCairns after the war and tells the story of his time flying as a pick-up pilot transporting agents and resistance workers at night to and from farmers’ fields in occupied France.

After being shot down when flying with Douglas Bader’s Tangmere Wing in June 1941, ‘Mac’ escaped from a prisoner-of-war camp and determined to help the resistance organisation which smuggled him back to the UK, he joined No. 161 (Special Duties) Squadron. In thirteen months he made 25 successful Lysander pick-ups from RAF Tangmere and was awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses for his bravery.

This 96-page book is now available exclusively through the Museum shop, priced at £7.99 (£6.99 to Friends and Volunteers). Please add £1.00 for mail order requests.

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