Honour for former Sheffield war time airman

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A brave airman who fought for his country during the Second World War has been honoured for his heroics.

George Titman, aged 94, has been presented with the Bomber Command Clasp in recognition of his service to his country.

Along with the Arctic Star, the Comber Command Clasp is a new award introduced only this year aimed at recognising significant Second World War campaigns.

Mr Titman, who lives at the Brackenfield Hall Care Home in Frecheville, was presented with his clasp by the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, David Moody, in front of proud relatives.

Having already been awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal by the late Queen Mother, Mr Titman’s new award recognises his time as a rear gunner in the Halifax bombers when he had to bail out over occupied France.

After landing in a tree, he was supported by the Resistance to return to England and his RAF duties - qualifying him to join both the exclusive Caterpillar Club and the RAF Escaping Society.

Mr Titman said he was honoured to receive the award.

Recalling his wartime memories, including the time he spent undercover in occupied France trying to evade capture by the Germans, Mr Titman said: “It was very exciting, to a point, but frightening too.”

His emotional daughter, Gill Wilde, said: “Today means such a lot - we are all very very proud of him.

“It means a lot to dad to have served his country, and in his younger days he used to talk about his memories a lot, including the time when he had to bail out over northern France and was taken in by families who shielded him and helped him to escape.

“He kept in touch with them for years and when I was a young teenager we went as a family to say thank you for all they did for him.

“Everyone is proud of all those who served their country - those lovely, brave, generous people.”

Presenting Mr Titman with his new award, Lord Lieutenant Moody said: “I am very privileged, on behalf of the Queen and a grateful country, to present you with this clasp - you have been very patient waiting for a mere 60-odd years.”

Dawn Martin, who manages Brackenfield Hall Care Home, said: “It’s really lovely for George to receive this award - a real honour.

“I am sure he will enjoy reminiscing with everyone here.”