My Grandfather’s Book

Updated: Added link to print book on Amazon and a second CTV interview clip.

This is a shameless plug: my grandfather, Jack Hilton F/Lt (retired) CD, recently published a book about his experiences during World War II.

He was a pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force, starting as an instructor on multiengine planes, and later being assigned to fighters. He flew the Hurricane, the P40 Warhawk (known as the Kittyhawk in the RCAF and RAF) and finally the Typhoon. The Typhoon was used as a high-speed low-level ground support plane, using 4 20mm cannons and either a bomb (up to 1,000lbs) or rockets) to take out targets on the ground. During his time during the war, he flew 100 missions, including providing air support for D-Day (Operation Overlord), Operation Market Garden and The Battle of The Bulge.

Jack was recently made a Knight in the French Legion of Honour for his service during D-Day and the liberation of France. The French have been adding a large number of veterans to the Legion of Honour for their service during the war. This comes in addition to his recognition from Holland for their liberation, as well as his Pacific Star, 1939-1945 Star, Aircrew Star (with France and Germany Clasps), Canadian Volunteer Services Medal (and clasp), War Medal 1939-1945 and Canadian Forces Decoration (CD).

Two interviews with CTV News are on-line here and here (heads up, both are autoplay). His book can be found in digital form at Amazon (the link to the Canadian store is here), as well as Chapters, Apple iBooks and Barnes & Noble. A print version is also available from Chapters (in Canada here) and Amazon (Canadian link here) on-line , and print versions are expected in other stores in the near future.

Jack is also hosting a book signing on November 21, from 1-3pm. It is at the Hamlets of Cedarwood Station, 304 – 1 Ave NW, Airdrie, Alberta.