On Tuesday, 11th October, the Museum played host to three most celebrated ladies: Lady Rosamond Dundas, widow of Group Captain Sir Hugh Dundas, Mrs Jill Lucas, widow of fighter pilot, Wing Commander ‘Laddie’ Lucas, and Mrs Jennifer Adams, sister-in-law of Flying Officer ‘Mouse’ Cleaver who flew with No 601 Squadron from RAF Tangmere during the Battle and was shot down and wounded on 15th August 1940.
Lady Lucas returned to see her late husband’s uniform which she donated to the Museum fifteen years ago. Hugh Dundas flew with Douglas Bader’s Tangmere Wing in 1941 and later became the RAF’s youngest Group Captain. Jill was interested to view our memorabilia relating to her late husband and Jennifer came to see the exhibit displaying her brother-in-law’s DFC which she graciously donated to the Museum last year. During the visit, Jill Lucas asked for directions to Bay House, Aldwick which she had shared with Douglas Bader and his wife Thelma, her sister, during the summer of 1941. David Coxon, the Museum’s Curator, duly escorted the ladies to the property. Jill said it brought back many memories from seventy years ago, including the unexpected appearance of RAF Tangmere’s Station Commander, Group Captain ‘Woody’ Woodhall on 9 August 1941. They realised it was an official visit because ‘Woody’ had his hat on. On entering, he gave the sad news that Douglas was missing in action.