Sergeant Abie Kirsch of Montreal, Quebec, was killed in an air crash at St. Martin, Quebec. He was one of four airmen who lost their lives when their Hudson bomber, flying off course and fighting fire and a wind-driven sleety rainstorm, crashed and explored on a farm at St. Martin, a few miles outside Montreal. Enlisting in the air force as a wireless gunner in November 1940, Sergeant Kirsch graduated with the rank of sergeant at Macdonald, Manitoba, in July 1941. A brother, Norman, also served with the R.C.A.F.
Flight Lieutenant Abraham Kirsch of Montreal, Quebec, was reported missing and presumed dead after his 21st mission, on September 13, 1944, according to an official report. Flight Lieutenant Kirsch enlisted in the air force on February 27, 1942, his 18th birthday. He was posted to the precision squad at Lachine and proceeded from there to the initial training school at Victoriaville, where he finished first in his course. In April 1943, he received his wings and commission at St. Hubert and then took special training at Summerside. He went overseas in July and after operational training was posted to the command of a Lancaster bomber. In September of the same year he was promoted to the rank of flight lieutenant.