SOE Exhibition 2018

Come and visit our 6 week summer exhibition on Tangmere and the Special Operations Executive (SOE) from Saturday 21 July until Sunday 2 September, excluding Sunday 26 August (the Museum’s Family Day).

The exhibition will be held in the Museum’s Neville Duke Hall and will open daily from 1100 until 1600 hours. Entry to the exhibition is included in the normal Museum.

We will be including the following in the exhibition:-

•The SOE careers of women agents who flew from RAF Tangmere
•Information on lesser known but important RAF Special Duties (SD) Pick-Up pilots who flew Westland Lysanders from Tangmere
•A film on the recruitment and training of SOE agents
•The Comète Belgian and French Resistance escape line
•A series of talks on Tangmere and the SOE during the exhibition
•Demonstrations on certain days on how SOE agents carried out sabotage to “Set Europe Ablaze” (Churchill’s mission for the SOE
•In the Museum’s Middle Hall, a new exhibition on Wing Commander Leonard Ratcliff, a famous No 161 Squadron Special Duties pilot
•Code writing and other activities for children

Come and see the Museum’s latest acquisition, a full size replica of a Special Duties Westland Lysander aircraft as used by No 161 Squadron during the Second World War to transport agents and French Resistance members from RAF Tangmere on moonlight nights to and from fields in France.

Also, on Saturday 28 July at 1515, in association with the Chichester Cinema at New Park, the cinema is showing the film ‘Carve Her Name With Pride’ about the life of Violette Szabo, a famous SOE agent. At this event the Museum’s Director, Dudley Hooley will also give a short talk on Tangmere’s Lysander Pick-Up pilots.




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.