New Douglas Bader Exhibition

January, 2015

A new exhibition on Douglas Bader, the wartime legless ace, has just opened at the Museum, entitled ‘A legend in his own Lifetime’. The exhibition spans his career from attending the RAF College, Cranwell in 1929 to leaving the Air Force in 1946.

During the Battle of Britain in 1940, Bader was one of the most influential fighter pilots in Fighter Command but it was not until the summer of 1941 at RAF Tangmere that he showed his true leadership qualities. He inspired pilots who flew with him, including Johnny Johnson and Hugh Dundas who later went on to become successful fighter leaders in their own right. The exhibition includes a ten minute film on Bader’s life and, to go with the exhibition, the Curatorial Department has published a booklet, ‘Douglas Bader and Tangmere’, priced at £2 and available from the Museum’s shop.

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.