A Present For Your Children Or Grandchildren

October, 2015

The Museum’s Curatorial Department have produced a children’s illustrated booklet on Jimmy ‘Mac’ McCairns, a famous Second World War hero who flew from RAF Tangmere. Jimmy flew Spitfires in Douglas Bader’s Tangmere Wing until June 1941 when he was shot down and captured. He escaped from a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany and evaded capture. After being flown back from Gibraltar he joined No 161 Special Duties Squadron, becoming, in 1943, the most successful of the Lysander pick-up pilots with 25 successful missions.

The booklet is written and illustrated for children by David Coxon, the Museum’s Curator, and designed by Deputy Curator Pete Pitman. It is now on sale in the Museum’s shop, price £3.

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.