Pilot Officer Hyman Abrams, R.C.A.F., of Montreal, was killed in a flying accident overseas on August 3, 1941, according to an official report. He had been in England only six weeks when he met his death. He enlisted in the R.C.A.F. in July 1940 and was given a commission as observer after graduating from Rivers, Manitoba, in May 1941. He went overseas the following month, one of the first members of the R.C.A.F. to cross the Atlantic aboard a bomber. A brother, William Abrams, was the first executive secretary of the War Efforts Committee of Canadian Jewish Congress.
Signalman David Abramson, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, of Ansonville, Ontario, was reported dangerously ill on September 26, 1944 (Casualty List M-616). He served overseas before he was discharged.
Leading Aircraftman David Axler, of Brantford, Ontario, was killed in an air accident in Canada when his training plane crashed 15 miles from Windsor, Ontario. He had won his wings and was about to receive them formally when the accident occurred. He had trained at Regina and Brandon before being posted to Windsor in November 1940. A major in the cadets before entering the services, Leading Aircraftman Axler was the first of the Jewish men from Brantford to enlist in the R.C.A.F. (Source: Canadian Jews in World War II)
Flight Sergeant Horace Baittle, of Montreal, Quebec, was presumed dead for official purposes (R.C.A.F. Casualty List No. 518) on August 29, 1942. He was listed missing after air operations over enemy territory. Flight Sergeant Baittle enlisted in the air force in May 1941 and received his observer's wing at Mountain View, Ontario, in February 1942. He was assigned for special training in astro-navigation at Pennfield Ridge, New Brunswick, and was posted overseas in March 1942. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of flight sergeant with effect from July 31, 1942.
Private David Beigleman of Montreal was reported killed in action in France on August 10, 1944, according to an official announcement. He enlisted in the army in October 1942 and proceeded overseas in September 1943. Private Beigleman was born in Poland. Three brothers were also in the service: Ben, with the Black Watch (R.H.R.); Harry, with the Essex Scottish Regiment; and Morris, with the Canadian Provost Corps.
Lieutenant David Bindman of Thetford Mines, Quebec, was officially reported to have died of wounds suffered in action in Italy. A member of the Victoria Rifles of Canada before the war, he transferred to an engineering unit after the start of hostilities. After training at Quebec City and Toronto, he went overseas in June 1940, where he was commissioned and attached to the Royal Canadian Regiment. A fellow officer from his regiment wrote on the action in which Lieutenant Bindman lost his life: "It was Dave's first real action against the enemy... Dave took out a few men and drove them off, wounding the German officer and capturing two men. Shortly after his return, the warning was shouted that enemy tanks were again about to charge. Dave ran to join his men and was standing on level ground encouraging his men to dig and place weapons when a shell landed within a few feet of him and he received three severe wounds... Although continually under fire and hard pressed, Dave's men would not leave him behind and he was carried out on an improvised stretcher. He bore up bravely... Dave fought hard to the last but died the next day and was buried by our Padre, Major R.O. Wilkes...." (Source: Canadian Jews in World War II.)
Sergeant Arthur David Cherkinsky of Windsor, Ontario, was reported missing after air operations on March 2, 1943, and was presumed killed in action on March 2, 1943, according to an official report. Sergeant Cherkinsky enlisted in the RCAF in September 1941 and graduated from Victoriaville, Quebec. His brother, Pilot Officer Joseph Cherkinsky, was killed on active service. Two other brothers were also in the service: Murray, in the Canadian Army, and Alex, in the RCAF.
Warrant Officer (Class II) David Conter of Waterford, Nova Scotia, was listed missing after air operations over enemy territory and presumed dead on June 17, 1942, according to an official report. He enlisted at Halifax in 1940 and went overseas in July 1941.
Private David Devor of Toronto, Ontario, was officially reported killed in action in Italy on December 20, 1944. Enlisting in the army in April 1943, Private Devor trained at Camp Borden and Debert, Nova Scotia. He went overseas in December 1943 and reached Italy in April 1944. Three bothers also served in the armed forces: John, a radar instructor at Kingston; Sidney, in the U.S. Army; and Berko, in the Canadian Navy. A Star of David is found on his tombstone. (Source: Veterans Affairs Canada Web site)