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New Douglas Bader Exhibit

April, 2009

A new 10 minute film on the life of wartime and aviation hero Douglas Bader has just gone on continuous presentation in the Battle of Britain Hall in the Museum. Bader, known to many as the subject of the famous 1956 film ‘Reach for the Sky’ starring Kenneth More, was the RAF pilot who lost both his legs in a flying accident before WW2, but who re-enlisted at the start of the war and went on to become a very successful fighter pilot (22 aerial victories) and leader until he was downed in combat over France in August 1941. Bader, who had risen to the rank of Wing Commander by the time he was stationed at Tangmere in 1941, made several attempts to escape captivity and ultimately in August 1942 was sent to the ‘escape proof’ Colditz Castle where he remained until liberation in 1945. This unique film has been produced by the Museum’s Education Department and is displayed as the centrepiece of a Bader display of artefacts and memorabilia.

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 director@tangmere-museum.org.uk 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.

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