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)
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)
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Trooper Julius Bendit of Ste. Agathe des Monts, Quebec, was reported missing in France and for official purposes presumed killed in action on July 27, 1944. Trooper Bendit enlisted in the Reserve Army in May 1940 and transferred soon after to active service. He was stationed at Longueuil and Camp Borden before going overseas in September 1941 with the Royal Canadian 6th Hussars. Trooper Bendit went through the entire Sicilian campaign and across into Italy with the 1st Canadian Army. He was transferred to the Normandy front for the D-Day offensive and was subsequently reported missing. Trooper Bendit was born in Sadagura, Bucovina, on October 10, 1911.
Warrant Officer Nathan Berger of Montreal, Quebec, was reported missing on active service on June 6, 1944, and was subsequently reported killed on active service. Warrant Officer Berger was attached to the R.A.F. Transport Command and was engaged in ferrying operations, carrying paratroops to the Caen sector when killed. He enlisted in August 1941 and went overseas as a wireless air gunner in the summer of 1942. He spent seven months in Iceland before being sent back to Great Britain in December 1943. While with the R.C.A.F. in Iceland, Warrant Officer Berger was involved in several crack-ups and once spent two hours in the water before being rescued. (Source: Canadian Jews in World War II)