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Norman Delbert Sillin was born in Buckland, Ohio, in 1906. He graduated from Lima Central High, Lima, Ohio, in 1926. He then attended college for two years at Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio.

Sillin entered flying training from an Ohio National Guard appointment in June 1928. He attended advanced flying training at Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas, where he graduated and was commissioned a second Lieutenant in the reserve corps. In October of 1929 he received his regular commission in the Air Corps.

During the period of June 28, 1929 to June 1937, Lieutenant Sillin served as a fighter pilot, flight commander and squadron commander while in the 1st and 20th Pursuit Groups. In February 1941 he took over as commander of the 36th Fighter Squadron which later moved to Alaska under his command, to become the first tactical squadron in Alaska. Before leaving Alaska Major Sillin became commander of the fighter wing stationed there, and organized and commanded the 11th Fighter Command at the beginning of World War II. He departed Alaska in 1942 to head the fighter section of the Air Force School of Tactics at Orlando, Fla.

In 1943 Colonel Sillin was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, later that same year he was assigned as deputy chief of staff, 5th Air Force, Far East Air Forces; after which he commanded an air defense wing and bomber wing of the 5th Air Force. After the war ended Colonel Sillin commanded the task forces of the occupational forces in Japan. Upon his return to the United States in 1945 he was assigned to the Engineering Division at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

In 1951 Colonel Sillin was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force in the Office of the Air Force Comptroller. Upon completion of this assignment he was transferred to Strategic Air Command Headquarters, Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Neb., as comptroller until 1956. In 1956 General Sillin was assigned as deputy chief of staff, operations, Continental Air Command, Mitchel Air Force Base, N.Y.

In July of 1957 the general was assigned as commander, Allied Air Forces Northern Europe, with headquarters at Oslo, Norway.


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