RAF Westhampnett during WWII (Ticketed) FULL

Wednesday 20 April 2016
Talk begins at 6.30pm. Refreshments at 6pm.

The talk

The RAF took over land at Goodwood in 1938-39 for use as a landing ground for RAF Tangmere but in 1940 it had its first full time resident squadron in the form of 145 Squadron with Hawker Hurricanes, RAF Westhampnett was born and from then on many squadrons of Spitfires, Hurricanes and Typhoons operated from the field in support of air operations over Europe. By the end of the war 46 squadrons had passed through the airfield before its closure in 1946, this talk charts the history, looking at the squadrons and some of the aircrew and ground crew who served at the aerodrome.

The speaker

Mark Hillier is a Chartered Surveyor who has a deep knowledge of the history of the RAF, with a particular focus on the Second World War. He is also a qualified pilot, having flown for more than twenty-two years, he currently flies a WW2 Boeing Stearman from the former RAF Westhampnett, now Goodwood Aerodrome. He has co-authored two successful books on aviation and written the biography of Wing Commander Thomas Murray and Chief Technician Joe Roddis as well as his new book ‘A fighter command station at War’. Mark has also written for Britain at War magazine for the past few years on aviation topics.

Participant information

All talks start at 6.30pm, last for about 1–1½ hours, with tea, coffee & cake available between 6pm-6.30pm in Crawley Hall.


£12 per person, £10 for Museum Friends, £5 for Weald & Downland Museum volunteers


To book call 01243 811021 or download our booking form here.