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Aircrew stand by Tomahawk at Hixon

A Hixon aircrew stand by their Tomahawk

Chocs away!

In 1942, the small village of Hixon bacame the temporary home to 3,000 airmen from across the world. Named 30 OTU on account of its 30 Wellington Bombers, Hixon's pilots played a major part in the Second World War.

How much do you know about World War Two? 

Films and TV dramas can give you an idea of what it was like to live through the war, but what was life like on the home front? 

Before 1942, Hixon in Staffordshire was a small village, home to a few hundred people.

A Hixon Tomahawk in WW2

Tomahawk taxies across Hixon airfield

That all changed when Hixon Airfield opened, and turned the sleepy rural spot into a hub of military activity, almost overnight. 

The "Sweat Box"

According to Parish Council Chair Brendan McKeown, Hixon's Village Hall was known in wartime as the "Sweat Box" on account of the amount of people who attended the dances there on a Saturday night.

Author Martin Chorlton and Local Historian Tim Moss shared their knowledge with our Local History Correspondent Katie Martin.

Although the airmen were in training during their time at Hixon, they faced danger on a daily basis.

According to Author Martin Chorlton, airmen who made it through the training stood a pretty good chance of surviving the War.

With old and often unreliable aircraft to contend with, let alone the dangers faced in combat missions; these airmen lived for the day, as Martin Chorlton explains...

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