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 ‘The 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 pleased to be 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.

The presentations are usually given as an audio/visual presentation using the Museum's equipment. Our presentations can be tailored to suit audiences ranging from specialist societies to community based groups and range in length from 40 to 90 minutes depending on the subject matter.

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.