Leon Calderon was born in 1926 in Salonika, Greece, to a family of Yugoslavian origins. He had four siblings who, along with his parents, perished in Auschwitz in 1943, except for one brother who died in the Warsaw ghetto. After the war broke out in Greece, he lived in Salonika in the ghetto until April 1943, when he was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was there for about six months. In October 1943, he was transferred to the Warsaw ghetto, where he had to clean up and collect bricks after the uprising. In June 1944 the Russians were approaching, and after a five-day death march, he was transferred by train to Dachau, where he remained for a week. Then he was transferred to the Mildorf labor camp in Germany, where he worked on the construction of a tunnel until April 1945. With the American Army approaching, they were put on a train, which was also bombed, and were finally liberated on April 30, 1945 by the Americans. Leon stayed for a week in a DP camp near Munich, then for a month in the Landsberg DP camp. He returned to Salonika until the Greek civil war began in 1949. He moved to Israel, returning to Salonika in 1953 to obtain visas for Canada. In August 1955, he came to Canada by boat. He got married and he had two daughters. He worked as a salesman and manager of a store, and owned his own company until 1975.
Pilot Officer Edmond Fleishman of Vancouver, British Columbia, was reported missing after air operations on a sortie over Kastelli Tediaga, Crete (R.C.A.F. Casualty List No. 464), and was later presumed dead. He was awarded the Air Force Medal in the King's New Year's Honors List. On April 16, 1943, his brother, Capt. Neil Fleishman of Nanaimo, British Columbia, and his sister, Ruth, received Pilot Officer Fleishman’s award from the former Governor General, the Earl of Athlone, at an investiture at Government House, Ottawa. Enlisting in the R.C.A.F. at Montreal on June 6, 1940, Pilot Officer Fleishman received his training at the Toronto Manning Pool No. 8, the Elementary Flying Training School, Vancouver, the No. 4 Service Flying Training School Saskatoon, and the Conversion Training School, Trenton, Ontario. He was posted to Saskatoon as an instructor after receiving his wings. He obtained his commission in March 1942 and proceeded overseas on May 19, 1942, where he served with No. 37 R.A.F. Squadron.