Flying Officer Elmer Aaron was from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the RCAF in Montreal in March 1942 and received his commission as a flying officer in October 1943 (in England). Flying Officer Aaron had completed 14 missions and had been forced to bail out of his ships twice before his last flight. He was participating in a raid on Tours in France and was about fifteen miles from his objective when his squadron was caught in a concentration of anti-aircraft fire. Four planes were seen to burst into flames, and it was later announced that nine craft of this squadron had failed to return. (Canadian Jews in World War II)
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.)
Lieutenant Eric Abendana of Port Antonio, Jamaica, was appointed to the Canadian Engineers in 1916 and went overseas with the 4th Divisional Engineers the following June. In England he was seconded for duty under the War Office in charge of the construction of aerodromes. On rejoining the Engineers, 14th Field Company, he went to France in the spring of 1918 and was transferred to the 2nd Battalion, C.E., in July. Three months later he died of pleurisy at No. 4 Casualty Clearing Station. (Source: Veterans Affairs Canada web site)
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.)
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.
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.)
Flight Lieutenant Birney Adilman, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was reported missing in action overseas and presumed dead. Enlisting in the Air Force in October 1940, Flight Lieutenant Adilman went overseas as a bomber pilot in July 1941. He completed a tour of operations in Hampdens and Wellingtons and was posted to a Canadian operational training unit in England as an instructor before gong on leave in June 1944. He flew on missions over Hamburg, Essen, Paris, Bremen and Cologne, and laid mines at Kiel, Lorient and off the Dutch coast. He was forced to make four crash landings. He was pilot of an aircraft in a squadron that raided the Gnome-Rhone works outside Paris on June 19, 1942, without dropping his bombs. "We spent twenty minutes over the target but the cloud was too thick and we couldn't pinpoint the target," Flight Lieutenant Adilman reported on his return to base. (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.
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.
Sergeant John Alterson of Punnichy, Saskatchewan, was for official purposes presumed dead on May 4, 1942, after having been listed as missing overseas on October 13, 1941. Following the Saskatchewan Department of Natural Resources’ announcement that it desired to give to its many previously unnamed lakes, rivers and islands the names of Saskatchewan servicemen killed on active duty in World War II, in 1951 the province named Alterson Lake in memory of Sergeant John Alterson.
Warrant Officer Abram Arbour of Winnipeg, Manitoba, was killed in action at Falaise. He was awarded the Military Cross, according to a Department of National Defence release (P.N. 51-45) of February 6, 1945. The citation accompanying the award read: "During the night of August 7, 1944, an infantry regiment attacked and captured the town of Fonteney-le-Marmion. On consolidation one of the companies was allotted the defence of the northern section of the town in the vicinity of battalion headquarters. During the early hours of the morning, August 8, the enemy shelled and mortared the town very heavily. The company commander was wounded and C.S.M. Arbour immediately took over command of the company and completed reorganization of the defence position. At approximately 8 a.m. an enemy counterattack in some strength moved against the company position. This attack was pinned down by small-arms fire, and C.S.M. Arbour personally formed and led a counterattack force to mop up the enemy. With utter disregard for personal danger and with absolute confidence he formed a composite force. Under covering fire from 11 and 12 platoons, they assaulted and killed or captured the enemy force which threatened his company position. C.S.M. Arbour, by his speed in handling a difficult situation, and his superb courage, was directly responsible for the battalion holding and consolidating the objective.” He enlisted with the Canadian Army on September 11, 1939, and went overseas on Aug. 24, 1940. He took part in the fighting at Caen and Dieppe.
Flying Officer Joseph Ash, of Ottawa, Ontario, was reported missing after air operations (R.C.A.F. Casualty List No. 468) over the North Sea on November 2, 1942, and was presumed dead (R.C.A.F. Casualty List No. 702) on October 9, 1943. Flying Officer Ash trained at St. Hubert, Quebec, Chatham, New Brunswick, and Summerside, Prince Edward Island, and graduated from the Initial Training School at Victoriaville, Quebec, receiving his wings in April 1942. Flying Officer Ash went overseas in May 1942 and was attached to an R.A.F. Training Flight. Honours and awards: Defence Medal; CVSM and Clasp; War Medal 1939-45. (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.)
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 Herman Backler, of Montreal, Quebec, who was listed missing after active service on August 18, 1944, was for official purposes presumed dead (R.C.A.F. Casualty List No. 1193) on May 14, 1945. He enlisted in the air force on November 1, 1942, and graduated from No. 9 Bombing and Gunnery School at Mont Joli, Quebec.