On August 7, Tangmere Military Aviation Museum will celebrate the life of well-known World War Two fighter ace Douglas Bader on the 75th anniversary of him joining the Tangmere Wing. In 1941 he was promoted to Wing Commander and became one of the first Wing Leaders stationed at Tangmere with three Squadrons under his command. He is commemorated in a series of activities and talks at the Museum along with a special summer fete.
From 10.00-5.00 pm there will be talks about Bader at Tangmere and also about HE Bates (author of the Darling Buds of May) who also served at the RAF station at that time. VIP guest on the day will be Charles Gallagher, a Bomber Command veteran, who will be signing copies of his book which is for sale.
There will also be a special talk by Air Vice Marshal Graham Williams (now retired), a former Harrier pilot, who competed in the Daily Mail Transatlantic Air Race in 1969 between the Empire State Building and the Post Office Tower. By using this vertical take-off and landing aircraft he was able to land near St Pancras to shorten his journey time! The actual Harrier GR3, XV744, is owned by Tangmere Military Aviation Museum and is on display alongside the Sea Harrier.
The summer fete includes music, a tea room and bbq, model aircraft, and many open cockpits.