Private Charles Abelson of Montreal, Quebec, was presumed to have died on October 14, 1942, according to an official announcement. He was aboard the S.S. Caribou, which was torpedoed and sank in Cabot Strait. He happened to be aboard the ill-fated ship because he had overstayed his leave and missed the transport on which he had been scheduled to sail. Private Abelson joined the army in Montreal on May 6, 1940.
Flying Officer Lawrence Abelson of Ottawa, Ontario, was killed during a training flight (R.C.A.F. Casualty List No. A-730). He was awarded his Operation Wing posthumously. Flying Officer “Duke” Abelson enlisted in the Air Force on November 6, 1940, and trained at Victoriaville, Quebec, and Regina, Saskatchewan, before graduating as Observer from Mossbank, Saskatchewan, where he was awarded a gold R.C.A.F. disc for leading his class. He was stationed at Rivers, Manitoba, when he was commissioned. After serving as an instructor at Chatham, New Brunswick, and Mountain View, Ontario, Flying Officer Abelson proceeded overseas in the fall of 1942. Before being attached to the No. 418 R.C.A.F. (City of Edmonton) Mosquito Squadron, he took a wireless course in England. Honours and awards: Defence Medal; CVSM & Clasp; War Medal 1939-45; Aircrew Europe Star. (From “There I Was ... A Collection of Reminiscences by Members of the Ottawa Jewish Community Who Served in World War II,” published by the Ottawa Post Jewish War Veterans and the Ottawa Jewish Historical Society.)
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.
Flying Officer Mark Abramson, of Ottawa, Ontario, was for official purposes presumed dead (R.C.A.F. Casualty List No. 1152) on May 16, 1944, after having been listed missing after air operations (R.C.A.F. Casualty List No. 913). He enlisted in the air force on July 1, 1940, and after graduating as a sergeant observer at Rivers, Manitoba, in February 1941 was posted overseas a month later. He was promoted to the rank of flying officer on August 10, 1942. Flying Officer Abramson participated in many flights over Nazi territory and was nearing completion of his second tour of operations when he was reported missing. (Canadian Jews in World War II.)
Guardsman Archie Adelman of Montreal, Quebec, was killed in action in France on August 11, 1944, according to an official announcement. Guardsman Adelman enlisted with the Canadian Grenadier Guards in 1941 and went overseas in 1942. He trained in England for two years. He was with the invasion forces on D-Day and was serving as a tank crew member with the 22nd Armoured Regiment in France when he lost his life. A brother, Corporal Harry Adelman, also served overseas with the R.C.E.M.E. (Canadian Jews in World War II.)
Private Saul Albert of Montreal, Quebec, was officially reported killed in action in Italy on September 19, 1944. He enlisted in the army in June 1943 and was sent overseas in April 1944. While overseas he was transferred to the 48th Highlanders.
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Flight Lieutenant Lawrence Allen, of Windsor, Ontario, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on April 27, 1944. The citation stated: "This officer has completed, as navigator, many successful operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to Duty.” He enlisted at Windsor on July 1, 1942, and after receiving his training at the No. 5 I. T. S. and No. 1 A. D. S., he went overseas in October, where he continued his studies as a navigator. He served with the Snowy Owl Bomber Squadron in North Africa and spent his 26th birthday on a bombing mission over Italy. He later flew with the Pathfinder Squadron in attacks over Germany and was known to his comrades as "Sea Level" Allen.