Aircrew and Fighter Plane, Hixon Airfield

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Date:1943 - 1945 (c.)

Description:Curtis Tomahawk 1686 Bomber training Flight, whose job was to simulate enemy fighters to train bomber crews to defend their aircraft. The flight was formed in July 1943 and disbanded in August 1944.

The sharkmouth emblem was well known as being used by 112 Squadron in North Africa, and by the American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers) in China, but its use on UK based aircraft is little known.

Hixon Military Airbase was built for use during the Second World War, the airbase was later used for the storage of surplus R.A.F. vehicles. The site is now an industrial estate.

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Image courtesy of: Hixon Local History Society

Donor ref:Hixon Local History Society No, PT00158, img: 2179 (18/2579)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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