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Aerial view of Tangmere in 1944<br />
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TV historian Dan Snow has backed a campaign to return a historic World War Two airfield control tower to its former glory after it was allowed to fall into ruin.<br />
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RAF Tangmere was arguably Britain's most important airfield used in the war and played a vital role in helping to win the Battle of Britain and ensuring the success of D-Day.<br />
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The legendary Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader commanded a squadron at Tangmere and it was the base for Spitfire hero Johnnie Johnson, the RAF's top scoring fighter ace of the war.<br />
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When the base was closed in 1970 - two years after Prince Charles learnt to fly there - most of the buildings were demolished to make way for housing, but its three-storey control tower was left standing.<br />
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However, it has fallen into disrepair and is now a dilapidated, rat-infested, graffiti-covered shell in the middle of an overgrown field.