New Lysander Pilot Book

February, 2016

A new book published by the Museum is now on sale in the museum shop. The book, entitled Lysander Pilot: Secret Operations with 161 Squadron was written by James Atterby ‘Mac’ McCairns after the war and tells the story of his time flying as a pick-up pilot transporting agents and resistance workers at night to and from farmers’ fields in occupied France.

After being shot down when flying with Douglas Bader’s Tangmere Wing in June 1941, ‘Mac’ escaped from a prisoner-of-war camp and determined to help the resistance organisation which smuggled him back to the UK, he joined No. 161 (Special Duties) Squadron. In thirteen months he made 25 successful Lysander pick-ups from RAF Tangmere and was awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses for his bravery.

This 96-page book is now available exclusively through the Museum shop, priced at £7.99 (£6.99 to Friends and Volunteers). Please add £1.00 for mail order requests.

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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.