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WWII veteran writes memoir so his story will be remembered

Each year there are fewer and fewer Second World War veterans, and as they pass away, a lot of their war stories atyphoon-fighter-pilotre lost with them.

But WWII Canadian fighter pilot, Jack Henry Hilton, put his memories in a book so they won’t be forgotten.

Tellwell published his memoir The Saga of a Canadian Typhoon Fighter Pilot in 2015.

The 97-year-old writes about his time behind the stick destroying enemy tanks, trains and bridges. He survived four crashes in his Hawker Typhoon fighter plane and flew 100 missions over Europe, including on D-Day.

His team flew in fours, and they were always prepared for one man to never return. Hilton’s squadron lost half their pilots every three months and of the 28 men he deployed with, only eight survived.

France rewarded his bravery and courage by giving him the Knight Legion of Honour Medal, that country’s highest distinction.

Read Jack Henry Hilton’s incredible story, from his enlistment in Toronto to the final flights over Germany.

See Jack on CTV News here

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