Lysander Pilot Book


Secret Operations with 161 Squadron



Now available exclusively through our shop at the Museum.
price £7.99 or £6.99 to Friends and Volunteers.
Please add £2.00 for mail order (UK).

Cheques to be made out to:

Tangmere Museum Trading Company Ltd.

and forwarded to:

The Shop Manager
Tangmere Military Aviation Museum
West Sussex PO20 2ES.

James Atterby McCairns tells the story in his own words of his time with No. 161 (Special Duties) Squadron in 1942-43.

Following his escape from Germany with the help of the Belgian Comet organisation, Mac resolved to do what he could to help the Resistance. He made 25 successful Lysander pick-ups, more than any other pilot in the European theatre, and won three DFCs for this vital, top-secret work.

Read about the adventures of this extraordinary man in a new book published by the Museum.

96 pages, 17 illustrations, A5 format

ISBN 978-0-9935407-0-7

Talks by Tangmere

The Museum is able to offer speakers to interested groups or societies on a range of subjects connected with the history of operations at RAF Tangmere and other military aviation subjects.

Further details of the full range of presentations and the availability of speakers can be obtained by calling the museum on 01243 790090, by emailing your interest to or by letter marked for the attention of the Director.

Museum Development

The Museum car park has been enlarged and re-laid and audio guides provided with the assistance of LEADER – the European Agricultural Fund for Redevelopment.