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  1. Dear Peter
    Diolch yn fawr - cheers for the warm comments about Uncles Normans website, mm i,ve guilty of not logging in for quite some time - so pardon my late reply, as you probably know, me and dot and your mum often email throughout the year, ha "a sweet pair of tillys".
    I,m actually in the process of converting the complete website as a screenshot PDF file, which can then be viewed off line etc, i ll post your mam a copy on disc then its there for you all peter. If your ever interested in the ancestral tree? - for some years i ve been researching the fold and hard to believe i,m as far back as 160 AD. Its donkey slow as i only get so much time in the year, i,ll send you something once i ve completed the first decent draft.

    I don,t know if you ve seen the current satellite TV series "The Vikings" - stunning production by the canadian film board in collaboration with Irish Films, the main charactor Rollo - played by Clive Standen is our 30+ ancient great granfather, Ragna Lothbrok his brother would be a dinosaur uncle if he existed (there issues on his myth). Mm Blond hair in our familias could then be explained - Norman - Snowy? My brothers when young etc.

    Misto avian / kindest Regards
    Stef - Cymru

    (Posted on 2015-02-02 12:03:00 by Stef)
  2. Beautifully written. Sadly, I never knew Uncle Norman either. I born in 1964, and from what my mother tells me I would have loved him. She likes to tell the story of how, at his coming home party after the war, he made every one sit and listen, while with a drink in one hand, and cigarette in the other, he told a less than clean joke, which drew an, "Oh Norman!" from my Grandma. Uncle Norman always looked after my mom Lillian and my Auntie Dot. Mom still misses him, and dreams about him. I like to think they'll be reunited, but not too soon, as I'd selfishly like to have my Mom around for quite a few years yet. Every November 11th I am proud to wear his small RAF wings( they are RAF sweetheart wings,) and his monogram "N" ring, just as everyday I am proud to have his name. Thanks for your efforts in keeping Uncle Norman's story alive.
    Best Regards,
    Peter Norman Schouten

    (Posted on 2014-11-05 03:10:00 by Peter Norman Schouten)
  3. We appreciate the site stef and what you' ve done to remember Norman - - jenny, lancashire.

    (Posted on 2013-03-31 08:42:00 by jen)
  4. Hi Steve,
    Great tribute to the heros of 158 sqd. My father Denis also flew with 158 at about the same time (175794). He also flew 35 ops, was awarded the DFC and survived the war. He lived to have six children and flew comercial airplanes for Aer Lingus 'til his retirement. He died of cancer aged 72 in Jan 1991.
    Thanks for this very evocative and lovingly produced site.

    (Posted on 2011-11-11 18:27:00 by Kevin)
  5. Lovely site. My father, Michael Carroll flew in the same crew as Flying Officer Tilston whom he remembers with great affection. They enjoyed frequent correspondence after the war right up to your uncle's untimely death in Canada, which my Dad found out about by way of a letter from FO Tilston's mother. My dad is still relatively active at 86 yrs old and has contacted you. Please feel free to contact him or indeed me. Regards - Peter Carroll

    (Posted on 2011-03-10 13:12:00 by Peter Carroll)
  6. A very beautiful website for a very special man.

    (Posted on 2011-02-25 18:31:00 by Janey)
  7. A very beautiful website for a very special man.

    (Posted on 2011-02-25 18:28:00 by Janey)
  8. Dear Chuck

    Appreciate mal your kind comments, mm very sad to hear of your familia story of your flyer, hard to imagine they could have shared the same canteen room, perhaps even table, then one day gone in the midnight wind just like that - takes some understanding.

    Diolch / Best Wishes
    Stef Cymru

    (Posted on 2010-12-23 23:43:00 by Editor)
  9. What a wonderful tribute to F/O Norman Tilston. My uncle F/O Andrew Sharp (RCAF) was a Navigator with RAF 158 Squardon, and he and crew were killed on November 8, 1944, five days after arriving at Lissett. His death left a deep void in our family. They would have been at Lissett at the same time....

    (Posted on 2010-12-14 22:19:00 by Chuck Tolley)
  10. Great site. We must never forget the great sacrifice the brave men and women made during WWII.
    Thanks so much for bringing this story to life.

    (Posted on 2010-11-19 17:18:00 by Timothy L Cole)
  11. i have been on uncle norman tilstons site on a regular basis to look for regular updates
    have just been reading the 1st story, what can i say amazing these guys were the real heros its a pity that the generation of today dont
    read things like this article and they may realize what things were really like in the war .myself i was born in 1960 if it was'nt for these brave young men & women i may be speaking and writting this in another language we have a lot to thank these brave heros for .!!!!!!

    (Posted on 2010-10-16 20:14:00 by stuart perrin)
  12. Hi, I'm the granson of Laurence Smyth. My grandfather wrote an artical for the RCMP quarterly about his time with "C is for Charlie" called "In the Skies over Germany" that may be of interest to you. Its in RCMP Quarterly July 1946 Volume 12(1)at pps 43-49

    (Posted on 2010-10-07 20:16:00 by Brendan Laurence Paul Lotecki)
  13. hi steven
    well what can i say
    you did uncle Norman proud this blog/ story is amazing the things that norman & the rest of the guys went through dose'nt bare thinking about i remember gran & grandad tilston having normans pic in aframe standing proud on the side going to save this so my children can read this and be proud of our great hero

    (Posted on 2010-09-28 19:11:00 by stu perrin)
  14. Brian smyth May 10, 2010

    hello there if i am correct laurence smyth was my grandfathers brother who came from daingain, co offaly ireland i meet him when i was younger and he often spoke about the war.he lived spent most of his life in winnipeg and died in the mid seventies

    (Posted on 2010-09-22 19:08:00 by Brian Smyth)
  15. Mr B Naylor Feb 26, 2010
    Hello Stef,
    You did a great job at honouring Uncle Norman and all who served to give us the freedom we have today...more than words can express.
    Bryan Naylor

    (Posted on 2010-09-22 19:06:00 by BN)
  16. What a story very brave but sad to

    (Posted on 2010-09-22 07:53:00 by Bob)

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