Museum Publishes New Book For Children

February, 2020

To mark this year’s 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the Museum has published a booklet for children on Billy Drake, one of ‘Few’, who flew and fought from RAF Tangmere during the battle in October 1940. Billy became one of the most successful Second World War fighter pilots, claiming 24 enemy aircraft destroyed.

He joined the RAF on a short service commission before the war and served with No 1 Squadron at Tangmere flying the Hawker Fury bi-plane fighter, the fastest fighter of its day. He later served in the Battle of France, in Sierra Leone and in the North African western desert where he became the highest scoring Curtiss Kittyhawk fighter pilot. In 1944 he commanded a Typhoon Wing on the build up to D-Day before he was finally taken off operations.

The booklet, written and illustrated by the Museum’s David Coxon, has been designed by Pete Pitman and is available in the Museum’s shop, priced £2

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.