Posted April 09, 2018 07:31:06A new book by a former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot is being launched this week, focusing on the lives and memories of those who fought and died in Canada’s wars.
The book, entitled I’m Not a Hero, focuses on the stories of men and women who served with the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War and the conflict in Afghanistan.
It comes as the Canadian Forces continues to grapple with the fallout from the shooting deaths of three soldiers in the same province last month.
The author, David Wachs, was a fighter pilot in the Second Battle of the Marne and served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the war in Europe.
He was killed in action on March 22, 1945, in an attack by Japanese forces near the city of Sannes, Belgium.
He was the first Canadian to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
The award was presented to him in 1944.
Wachs was born in Halifax and came to Canada in the early 1960s.
He spent his time working as a lawyer in Halifax, before eventually returning to Halifax to take up a full-time position with the Halifax Regional Municipality.WACHS was awarded the Military Service Medal in 2008 for his service in the Canadian Air Forces.
He has been working on the book since the fall of 2016, according to his website.
Waches has written two books on the military: “My Story” and “The Story of a Fighter Pilot.”
In an interview with CBC News, he said he wanted to tell the story of a Canadian who had sacrificed his life in the service of his country.
“I wanted to explore the people, what it meant to be a soldier, what sacrifices they were made to defend their country,” he said.
“The Canadian Armed forces is one of the greatest institutions in the world, it is a place of strength, courage, loyalty and sacrifice, and it’s something that has never been captured in one book.”