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Known Decorations for Bravery Awarded to Machalniks who served in World War II  E-mail

N/J – Non-Jewish

Name

Unit/Duty

Decoration

Country

Service in Israel’s War of Independence

Remarks

ANDREWS, Stanley

Pilot

USA Army/Air Force

A number of awards for distinguished service

USA

Pilot IAF – 101 Squadron

Andrews was killed on IAF service (information from Yizkor book)

ASSOUID, Chai Michel

Free French Army

Croix-de-Geurre

France

IDF – Killed on Altalena (Etzel)

Decoration earned in battle of Monte-Casino in Italy

BASKIN, Sol

Soldier United States 5th Army

Silver Star and Cluster

Bronze Star

USA

Army – No. 3 Brigade, Alexandroni

 

BEURLING, George F. “Buzz” N/J

Pilot

Royal Canadian Air Force

DFC, DSO, and a number of DFMs (Distinguished Flying Medals) and Bar

UK (Canada)

Pilot IAF – 103 Squadron

Beurling killed on IAF service

BEYRARD, Norbert Roger

Free French Battalion in British S.A.S. (Special Air Services)

Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (France)

Croix de guerre 1934-1945 (France)

Bronzen Kreiss (Holland)

Commandeur de l’Ordre National (Ivory Coast)

France

Paratrooper

 

BOSHES, Samuel

US Army Air Force

Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, 11 Oak Leaf Cluksters

USA

Commander 103 Squadron

 

BOWDEN, Derek (APPEL, David)

UK Scots Greys Cavalry Regiment and Parachute Brigade

Military Cross and Mentioned in Dispatches

UK|

7th Brigade

 

BYBELEZER, Fernand

French Underground

3 citations

France

French Commandos

 

BRILLIANT, Stanley

Lieutenant Commander, Royal Navy Fleet, Air Arm (pilot)

DSC and Bar -

Distinguished Service Cross

UK

Pilot IAF – 69 Squadron

 

BERLIAND, George N/J

Pilot – Royal Air Force

DFC and Bar

UK

Pilot IAF – 103 Squadron

 

BURKE, Allan

Commander, Royal Navy

Mentioned in Dispatches and

Russian Decoration

UK

Israel Navy – Frigate Commander

 

CANTER, Wilfred (Zeev)

Pilot

DFM – Distinguished Flying Medal

DSO – Distinguished Service Order

Canada

UK

Pilot IAF – 103 Squadron

Cantor killed on IAF service

COHEN, Leonard

Pilot

DSO – Distinguished Service Order

UK

Ferry Norseman destined for IAF – 101 Squadron

Leonard Cohen killed on IAF service. Information from Yizkor book

COHEN, Sydney

Pilot, SAAF No. 4 Captain Flight Commander

Mentioned in Dispatches

South Africa

Pilot, 101 Squadron Commander

 

COMAY, Michael

Information Officer, 6th South African Armored Division

Mentioned in Dispatches (Twice)

South Africa

Army – General HQ and Government Department

 

DUNKELMAN, Ben

Queens Own Rifles Regiment, Canadian Army

DSO – Distinguished Service Order

Canada

IDF – Commander of 7th Brigade

 

DE-LANGE, David

Lieutenant Commander, Royal Navy

Commander of MTB (Motor Torpedo Boat)

Mentioned in Dispatches

UK

Commander of Coastal Force, Israel

 

FRIEDLAND, Bernard

South African Engineering Corps

GM – George Medal

South Africa

8th Armored Brigade – 82nd Tanks

A member of 95 Bomb Disposal Company during Siege of Tobruk March/June 1942, which disposed of over 100 unexploded bombs.

FRIEDMAN, Jack

SAAF, Kittyhawk Squadron. Ground Crew

BEM – British Empire Medal

South Africa

IAF Administration

In December 1942 disregarding the danger from exploding fuel tanks, he ran to a crashed and burning aircraft and freed the wounded pilot

FITCHETT, Leonard N/J

Pilot

RCAF

DSO – Distinguished Service Order

Canada

Pilot IAF – 103 Squadron

Fitchett killed on IAF service. Information from Yitzkor book

HEAPS, Leo

Canadian Armored Corps

MC – Military Cross

Canada

IDF – Jeep Commandos

 

HOLTON, Oliver Garfield

Pilot

RCAF

Details unknown

USA

Pilot IAF, HQ Special Duties

Killed on IAF service

KANTEY, Jimmy

South African Armored Corps. Captain

MBE and mentioned in Dispatches

South Africa

89th Commando Battalion

 

KESSLER, Abe Dr.

South African Medical Corps, Warrant Officer 2nd Class (Sergeant Major)

MBE – Member of the Order of the British Empire

South Africa

IDF – Medical Officer, Carmeli Brigade

 

KURTZ, Raymond

USAAF

Details unknown

USA

Commander 69 Squadron

 

KOWARSKY, Leo

Transvaal Scottish – Company Commanding Officer and later Staff Officer

MBE

South Africa

Chairman of South African League for Haganah

Displayed great courage at Sidi Rezegh battle June 1942 in leading his company, where he was badly wounded.

MALEK, Joseph

Free French Forces, Europe

Croix-de-Guerre

France

Sapper in Etzioni Brigade

Fell in Battle on 24th August, 1948

MANN, MAURICE

Pilot - RAF

DFC

UK

Pilot IAF – 101 Squadron

 

MARGO, Cecil

Pilot – SAAF Bomber Squadron No. 24

DFC and DSO

South Africa

Air Force Advisor to Ben-Gurion

For cool courage and inspiring leadership

McELROY, John N/J

Pilot – RCAF

DFC and Bar

Canada

Pilot IAF – 101 Squadron

Shot down two British Spitfires on 7th January, 1948

MARCUS, “Mickey” David

Staff Officer – US Army

Details unknown

USA

General HQ, Commander Latrun Area

Killed on IDF Service (information from Yizkor book)

MELZER, Lionel, Dr.

South African Medical Corps.

MC and OBE – Officer of the Order of the British Empire

South Africa

Second in Command – Medical Corps

For courage in the field under enemy fire

MILLER, Harvey

Royal Navy 1945-47

Distinguished Service Cross

UK

Navy. Installed Radar. Stella Maris

 

MONASH, Harold

American Rangers and Airborne Division

Details unknown

USA

Aliyah Bet and Palmach, Harel Brigade

Killed on IAF service