‘Tangmere and the Battle of Britain 80’ Exhibition

January, 2020

To mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and RAF Tangmere’s important contribution, a temporary exhibition will be held in the Museum’s Cinema from 10 May until 31 October.

The exhibition will include explanation boards on the Prelude to the Battle (the Battle of France), the involvement of Tangmere squadrons in defending the ‘Peewit’ Channel convoy, No 602 (County of Glasgow), a Spitfire equipped squadron that operated from RAF Westhampnett, Tangmere’s satellite airfield during the battle and lastly the story of Air Vice Marshal Keith Park, Air Officer Commanding No 11 Group during the battle and a former commanding officer of RAF Tangmere in the 1930s.

A film on the Luftwaffe attack on RAF Tangmere on 16 August 1940 will be screened with a new film on ‘The Story of Billy Fiske – King of Speed’, an American who flew with No 601 (the Millionaires’ Squadron) during the battle.

There will be paintings and drawings on the walls and during the summer a programme of talks on the Battle of Britain.

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.