LETTER: I’m trying to trace my cousin who served in the RAF

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I am in my late 80s and served in the Royal Air Force. My wife and I are from Romsey in Hampshire and following ‘demob’ from the RAF we married and set up our home in Guernsey and lived there for 32 years.

In 1981 we moved to the warm weather of Antigua.

Aviation has always been my way of life and my hobby is detailed research projects, mostly of RAF subjects.

In February 2014, I visited my home town and while there research became the name of the day and to my great surprise I found that I had a cousin who was also in the RAF but he was killed in action in the last bombing mission of World War Two on April 25, 1945.

He was a crew member of an Avro Lancaster Mk III Sqd code PG-F, serial number LM756, part of RAF Bomber Command RAF Squadron number 619, stationed in Lincolnshire. This aircraft was shot down while on its bombing run by the Germans and some four crew members were killed and now are laid to rest at a small war graves commission area at Klagenfurt-Adnett, Austria.

My cousin’s details were Sgt 2221343 of RAF 619 Squadron, mid upper gunner Sgt Edward William Norman.

Son of Ernest and Grance Marjorie Norman who lived for a long period at Boston, Lincolnshire.

I am sure you will understand I now wish to try to obtain any information of Ted Norman and his family in the Boston area. I know much time has passed.

It would be really good to know if I am now one of the ‘last in line of the Normans’.

William Basil Norman

St Johns, Antigua