Frank ‘Chota’ Carey was one of the RAF’s top scoring fighter pilots in WW2, with 25 kills to his credit. He was in action from the start of the war serving in France, before the Dunkirk evacuation and then flew from Tangmere during the Battle of Britain. Shot down on August 18th and injured in the ensuing crash landing in a field near Pulborough, Frank had a brief period in hospital before being posted to Burma, and subsequently, in 1944, to Egypt. When the war ended he was posted back to Tangmere to command the newly formed Central Fighter Establishment. He died in December 2004. Norman Franks has written a biography of Carey’s life, entitled ‘Frank ‘Chota’ Carey’ and this book will be launched at the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum on Sunday May 14th from 2pm. It has an RP of £18 and can be purchased at our shop on the day. Various veteran pilots and the author will be there for the launch, so do come along and meet them.
The Tangmere Museum has 3 computer-controlled Flight Simulators for visitors to ‘fly’.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by letter marked for the attention of the Director.
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.