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From the bizarre to the misunderstood

There's a treat in store for visitors to the Memorial on Sunday 3 April, when aviation historian Andy Saunders presents the next of our Sunday afternoon talks in The Wing.

His presentation on Oddities of the Battle of Britain promises to be a fascinating look at some unusual stories from the conflict that changed the course of world history as the RAF defeated the Luftwaffe in 1940.

Andy, whose qualifications also include TV and film consultant and magazine editor, will highlight a number of unusual and fascinating stories ranging from the bizarre to the misunderstood or little known, as well as shattering a number of myths.

This promises to be a fascinating insight into aspects of the battle that are likely to come as a surprise to many, delivered by an expert who has been working in this field for almost 50 years.

Andy became founder and first curator of Tangmere Military Aviation Museum in 1982 and, although no longer actively involved, he maintains links with the museum. In 2000, he travelled twice to India to purchase and package up two two First World War DH-9 aircraft and return them to the UK. Both have since been restored, one to flying condition and the other as a static exhibit at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.

Since the late 1970s, Andy has written or co-authored over 40 different titles. Most recently, he wrote Dowding's Despatch (Grub Street, 2021) and the Haynes RAF Battle of Britain Operations Manual. He has just completed work with a Belgian TV company on a 12-part documentary covering the Liberation of Europe from D-Day to Berlin, due for release in May 2022.

He is the author of the German military magazine Iron Cross which he founded three years ago and which is published by Warners.

As with all our Sunday afternoon talks, Andy's presentation starts at 2.30pm and last for approximately one hour.

Ticket prices:

Friend of the Few (Hurricane) Free Entry

Friend of the Few (Spitfire) £5

Guest of Friend of the Few (max one per friend) £6

Non-members of Friends of the Few £12.

For bookings phone 01303 249292 or email

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