Museum Commemorates 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

September, 2015

The Museum has recently combined with the local Chichester Cinema at New Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a series of talks and films. On the first two days of the Battle of Britain week David Coxon, the Museum’s Curator gave talks to our visitors on ‘Tangmere’s Battle of Britain Pilots’ at the Museum. His talks were followed by guided tours of the relevant parts of the Museum. On the third day the cinema showed the classic Guy Hamilton 1969 film ‘Battle of Britain’ starring Laurence Olivier, Michael Redgrave, Christopher Plummer and many other well known British actors of the time. Following the film the Museum’s Director, Dudley Hooley gave an excellent talk on the ‘16 August 1940 – a critical day for Tangmere and Fighter Command’.


On the fourth day, the cinema was again the venue where the 1952 film ‘Angels One Five’ was shown. This film, made in 1951, is in many ways the most authentic celluloid representation of the battle. RAF Kenley was used for the outside location filming and some of the actors taking part were actually involved in the Battle of Britain as fighter pilots or sector controllers. Following the film, Dudley Hooley hosted a Question and Answer session with Joe Roddis, a Spitfire squadron engine mechanic during the battle. Joe gave very moving answers to questions on two of the pilots he had served with in No 234 Squadron, one of whom was the famous Bob Doe. The photograph shows Joe with Dudley during the Q&A session.

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.