August, 2015

On Sunday, 16th August, 75 years to the day after the Luftwaffe’s heaviest air raid on RAF Tangmere at the height of the Battle of Britain

The Museum welcomed over a thousand visitors to ‘Tangmere under Attack!’ – this year’s special event.

The occasion included an evocative narration and audio presentation at 1.00 pm, the precise time of the attack on that fateful day and an authentic plotting table explained how it all was all controlled and monitored. The Museum’s Pete Pitman gave three talks on the attack to packed houses and Rosemary Coxon enchanted visitors with war poetry readings. Visitors roamed the Museum to be entertained by a plethora of artefacts, exhibits and information on display, sat in open cockpits, picnicked on the grass, sought refreshment at the beer tent, and amused themselves at a variety of stalls and games. A particular highlight was the superb Spitfire flying display by Matt Jones of the Boultbee Flight Academy.

We were joined for the day by a number of VIP guests, including The Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, Mrs Susan Pyper, Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller, the Museum’s Honorary President, Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM who flew Hurricanes during the Battle of Britain and Joe Roddis who served as an engine fitter on Spitfires during the Battle.

Other Second World War veterans in attendance were Reg Thompson, an engine fitter with No 43 squadron at RAF Tangmere in August 940, Flight Sergeant George Woods DFM who flew Westland Whirlwinds and later Typhoons, Warrant Officer Len Aylott who flew Baltimores and Bostons and Flight Lieutenant Charles Gallagher DFC, a navigator on No 76 squadron Bomber Command in 1944/45.

Altogether, a wonderful day and we hope to have made many new friends who will one day return.

Click HERE to see more photos of the event

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.