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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

A number of awards for distinguished service

U.S.A.

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

U.S.A.

Army – No. 3 Brigade, Alexandroni

 

BEURLING, George F. “Buzz” N/J

Pilot

D.F.C. and V.C.- Victoria Cross and a number of DFMs (Distinguished Flying Medals) and Bar

U.K.

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

 

BYBELEZER, Fernand

French Underground

3 citations

France

French Commandos

 

BRILLIANT, Stanley

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

D.S.C. and Bar -

Distinguished Service Cross

U.K.

Pilot IAF – 69 Squadron

 

BERLIAND, George N/J

Pilot – R.A.F.

D.F.C. and Bar

U.K.

Pilot IAF – 103 Squadron

 

BURKE, Allan

Commander, Royal Navy

Mentioned in Despatches and

Russian Decoration

U.K.

Israel Navy – Frigate Commander

 

CANTER, Wilfred (Zeev)

Pilot

D.F.M. – Distinguished Flying Medal

D.S.O – Distinguished Service Order

Canada

U.K.

Pilot IAF – 103 Squadron

Cantor killed on IAF service

COHEN, Leonard

Pilot

D.S.O. – Distinguished Service Order

U.K.

Ferry Norseman destined for IAF – 101 Squadron

Leonard Cohen killed on IAF service. Information from Yizkor book

COHEN, Sydney

Pilot, S.A.A.F. No. 4 Captain Flight Commander

Mentioned in Despatches

South Africa

Pilot, 101 Squadron Commander

 

COMAY, Michael

Information Officer, 6th South African Armoured Division

Mentioned in Despatches (Twice)

South Africa

Army – General HQ and Government Department

 

DUNKELMAN, Ben

Queens Own Rifles Regiment, Canadian Army

D.S.O. – Distinguished Service Order

Canada

IDF – Commander of 7th Brigade

 

DE-LANGE, David

Lieutenant Commander, Royal Navy

Commander of MTB (Motor Torpedo Boat)

Mentioned in Despatches

U.K.

Commander of Coastal Force, Israel

 

FRANKEL, Leon

USA Navy Pilot

Highly Decorated

USA

Pilot, 101 Squadron

 

FRIEDLAND, Bernard

South African Engineering Corps

G.M. – George Medal

South Africa

8th Armoured 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

S.A.A.F., Kittyhawk Squadron. Ground Crew

B.E.M. – 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

D.S.O. – Distinguished Service Order

Canada

Pilot IAF – 103 Squadron

Fitchett killed on IAF service. Information from Yitzkor book

HEAPS, Leo

Canadian Armoured Corps

M.C. – Military Cross

Canada

IDF – Jeep Commandos

 

KANTEY, Jimmy

South African Armored Corps. Captain

M.B.E. & mentioned in Dispatches

South Africa

89th Commando Battalion

 

KESSLER, Abe Dr.

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

M.B.E. – Member of the Order of the British Empire

South Africa

IDF – Medical Officer, Carmeli Brigade

 

KOWARSKY, Leo

Transvaal Scottish – Company Commanding Officer and later Staff Officer

M.B.E.

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

D.F.C.

U.K.

Pilot IAF – 101 Squadron

 

MARGO, Cecil

Pilot – S.A.A.F. Bomber Squadron No. 24

D.F.C. and D.S.O.

South Africa

Air Force Advisor to Ben Gurion

For cool courage and inspiring leadership

McELROY, John N/J

Pilot – R.C.A.F.

D.F.C. and Bar

Canada

Pilot IAF – 101 Squadron

Shot down two British Spitfires on 7th January, 1948

MARCUS, “Mickey” David

Staff Officer – U.S. Army

Details unknown

U.S.A.

General HQ, Commander Latrun Area

Killed on IDF Service (information from Yizkor book)

MELZER, Lionel, Dr.

South African Medical Corps.

M.C. and O.B.E. – 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

U.K.

Navy. Installed Radar. Stella Maris

 

MORRIS, Isaiah, Dr.

Medical Officer

Suffolk Regiment

M.C.

U.K.

Medical Officer in Golani – Medical Corps

Killed on IDF service

NOVICK, Henry William

Pilot – R.C.A.F.

D.F.C.

Canada

Air Transport Command – Pilot

 

PENN, Jack, Dr.

South African Medical Corps.

M.B.E.

South Africa

IDF – Government Hospital, Haifa – Plastic Surgeon

Awarded the MBE in recognition of his distinguished service.

REBAK, David, Kenneth

Royal Artillery

French Croix de Guerre

U.K.

Field Artillery

I.D.F. Artillery Officer

RESNEKOW, Victor, Dr.

South African Medical Corps.

Mentioned in Despatches

South Africa

IDF – Medical Corps – Military Hospital No. 10 – Radiologist

 

ROSENBAUM, Moses Aaron

Flight Engineer – U.S. Air Force (shot down over Romanian Airfields – PoW)

Air Force, Distinguished Service Medal

U.S.A.

LAPSA and Air Transport Command

Killed on IAF Service (information from Yizkor book)

SHAPIRO, Meyer Chanoch

South African Signals Corps

M.M. – Military Medal

South Africa

IDF – Signals Corps

Israel Signals Corps

SHAPIRO, Ethelreda

South African Womens Army Corps.

Mentioned in Despatches

South Africa

Air Force – Navigator

Ran Soldiers Canteen in Israel

SIEFF, Marcus

Lt. Colonel, Royal Artillery

OBE.

Mentioned in Despatches

U.K.

IDF – Advisor to Ben Gurion

Advisor to Ben Gurion

SINGER, Rose

French Underground

Marquis Service Medal

France

IDF – Truck Driver Northern Command

 

STEINBERG, Otto

Air Gunner – R.C.A.F.

D.F.C.

Canada

IAF – 69 Squadron

69 Squadron, I.A.F.

STEINBERG, Cyril

Navigator – S.A.A.F.

12th Squadron

D.F.C.

South Africa

IAF – Air Transport Command Navigator

 

SUSSMAN, Trevor

Pilot – S.A.A.F. Bomber Squadron No. 24

D.F.C.

South Africa

Advisor to Ben Gurion

 

VICKMAN, Robert Lester

Pilot – U.S.A.A.F.

Air Medal

U.S.A.

Pilot IAF – 101 Squadron

Vickman killed on IAF service. (Information from Yizkor book)

WIJNBERG, Victor Abraham

Pilot – R.A.F.

D.F.C.

Holland

IAF – Pilot – Ferry Norseman and PoW Egypt