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Flying Officer Norman "Snowy" Tilston DFC

Knight of the Iron Bird

Author - Stef Tilston Bate


An Historical Article by ValleyStream Cultural Media

A Memorial to my late Uncle Flying Officer Norman Tilston who steered saster chiriclo great iron birds over a foreign land to rid our nation from the evil dictator Adolf Hitler, threatening our free world. Other warriors cradled in the rear, dropped bombs from the belly and shot down enemy attackers to protect themselves. These brave navigators and sky fighters of World War II laughed and cried together - they also died together. Many never returned home. This is the legend of one fortunate bomber pilot who did, only to suffer a cruel twist of fate back in his adopted homeland. With acknowledgement to his fellow aircrew - This is his story.  
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Air Crew Photos

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An "Iron Bird"- Halifax Bomber being armed

In ways his name is omenic - even Normanic, once you delve deeply into Tilston ancestry you will see why, but the name Norman was hardly chosen because of this. With young feet shaped over cobble stones, it's perhaps hard to digest, the Wigcan-adian possibly bore the noble bloodline of a Norman King - French ironman William the Conqueror and also of a Welsh Prince. History indicates a debatable link to Welsh warrior Einion ap Cadugan of Powys - meandering way back to 5th century Cunedda. All arguable for the historians and so called genie-experts.

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