• Wilf

    Yom Hazikaron, 5774.
    We honour the memory of too many members of TZAHAL who at too early an age, gave their lives in defence of the State.
    We also honour the memories of the victims of terror.
    We should also remember the 11 Canadian MACHAL volunteers who gave their lives in the 1948 War of Independence.
    David Ben Gurion: “The greatest contribution the Jewish Diaspora ever made to Israel was in providing the MACHAL Volunteers”
    They were:

    George ‘Buzz’ Beurling of Verdun, Quebec. Canada’s top WW2 fighter pilot. Killed near Rome May 20th 1948 in crash of airplane being readied for its ferry flight to Israel. Buried Haifa Military Cemetery, non-Jewish section.

    Harvey Cohen and Ed Lugech, first cousins of Toronto, Ontario. Served in Palmach Yiftach Brigade. Participated in battles of Nebi Yusha and Malkiyeh. Missing and believed waylaid by Arab irregulars near Sarafand late June 1948.
    (Update per Maurice Moshe Sadeh: Lost in the battle of Malkiyeh, on the Lebanese border, May 15,1948)

    Reuben Schiff of Toronto, Ontario. Served on Aliya-Bet ship Paducah. Killed July 11th 1948 near Abu j’Ab while looking for his shipmate and Palmach comrade Lou Ball. Buried Nachlat Itzhak.

    Sidney Rubinoff of Toronto, Ontario. Served with Palmach in battles of Nebi Yusha, Malkiyeh, Operation Danny, and capture of Lydda and Ramleh. Wounded at Latrun July 17th 1948 and died on way to hospital. Buried Nachlat Itzhak.

    Sidney Leisure of Toronto, Ontario. Served in 7th Brigade, 72nd Battalion. Killed September 7th 1948 during Operation Hiram in battle for Tamra hill in the Galilee. Buried Nahariya.

    Leonard Fitchett of Vancouver, B.C. Ex-RCAF pilot. Served in 103 Squadron. Downed in his Beaufighter by anti-aircraft fire on October 20th 1948 while attacking Egyptian-held Iraq el Sueidan police fortress. Buried Haifa Military Cemetery, non-Jewish section.

    Wilfred Canter (pilot) of Toronto, Ontario; Willy Fisher (navigator ) of Winnipeg, Manitoba; FredStevenson (co-pilot) of Vancouver, B.C. The three RCAF veterans served in 103 Squadron. During a night supply run to Sdom, on October 24th 1948, their C-47 exploded in the air after an engine caught fire. Canter and Fisher buried Rehovot. Stevenson buried in Haifa Military Cemetery, non-Jewish section.

    Ralph Moster (pilot) of Vancouver, Canada. Killed December 7th 1948 with three others when their Grumman Widgeon crashed into the Sea of Galilee during a training flight. Buried Nachlat Itzhak.

    (list compiled by Eddy Kaplansky (ז”ל) – MACHAL pilot and historian)

  • Matt McLaughlin

    the biggest day in modern Israel’s history was in 1917 wehn the Balfour Declaration was adopted. It should be a Christian Zionist state.