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    Hi all,

    The above airman is buried locally - Merthy Tydfil (Cefn) Jewish Cemetery - with no obvious link to Wales other than his final resting place.

    Can anyone enlighten me as to the reason for his internment at this cemetery. Maybe he married someone from the area but after checking the CWGC site it gives no marital status, only to say his parents resided in Canada.

    Curiosity is getting the better of me, glad I haven't got a cat.

    Regards.

    Steve.

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    Hello Steve

    Spitfires x4024 and X4607 of 53 OTU collided, coming down, one at Aberfan the other at Mount Pleasant, Treharris. Goldberg was in X4607 with GF Manuel R69888 in X4024.

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    DaveW

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    Also killed in this incident were Alice Cox and her two daughters Doreen and Phyllis, when one of the Spitfires went into their house at 1 South View, Mount Pleasant.

    Goldberg and Manuel's records at the CVWM include an image of a mural commemorating the event painted by local schoolchildren.

    http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=collections/virtualmem/Detail&casualty=2965299

    The casualty list announcing Goldberg's death does not mention a wife overseas.
    Last edited by Ken MacLean; 4th April 2008 at 08:51.

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    Default Sgt (Pilot) Louis Goldberg RCAF - 27 - R/56185 - Died 7/7/41

    Hi Ken/Dave,

    Thanks for the information concerning the above Canadian airman, very interesting story/tradegy of the relevant people involved.

    The mural sums up the tradegy very well and it is a great reminder of the sacrifices given by civilian as well as military personnel during WWII.

    Cheers.

    Steve.

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    This information may be of interest.

    (Floyd)

    Sergeant
    LOUIS GOLDBERG
    who died on July 7, 1941
    Treforest, Glamorgan, England
    Service Number: R/56185
    Age: 27
    Citation: Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and
    Clasp.
    Date of Birth: October 19, 1913
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Date of Enlistment: July 1, 1940
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Son of late Joseph and Binna (nee Fibishenko) Goldberg, of Montreal, Quebec. His
    brother Harry also died on service.
    There is a digital photo collection relating to
    LOUIS GOLDBERG in rhe Canadian Virtual War Menorial site:

    Burial Information:
    MERTHYR TYDFIL (CEFN) JEWISH CEMETERY
    Brecknockshire,United Kingdom
    Grave Reference: Row 2. Grave 4.

    See: the following on

    (http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=collections/virtualmem/photos&casualty=2965299)

    "In a spring hailstorm in the remote and tiny village of Mount Pleasant in Merthyr Vale, Wales, the High Commissioner delivered
    remarks at the official unveiling of a mural painted by local schoolchildren in memory of a tragic incident in 1941, when two
    Canadian pilots, Sergeant Louis Goldberg and Sergeant Gerald Fenwick Manuel, flying Spitfires on a training run, collided
    above the village, with both killed and one plane crashing into a row-house, killing a mother and her two daughters. The High
    Commissioner was joined at the event by Lieutenant Colonel David Murphy, a Canadian pilot currently seconded to the
    Directing Staff of the Joint Command Staff College at Shrivenham. The large and brightly coloured mural, located next to the
    local elementary school playing field, depicts the Spitfire planes and pilots and includes a Canadian flag and Welsh Dragon.

    Louis Goldberg is honoured on page 31 of the memorial book,
    CANADIAN JEWS IN WORLD WAR II, Part II: Casualties, compiled by David Rome for the Canadian Jewish Congress, Montreal, 1948.
    This extract is provided courtesy of the Canadian Jewish Congress which holds the copyright for this volume. For additional
    information about these archival records, please contact:
    The Canadian Jewish Congress National Archives :
    1590 Ave. Docteur Penfield, Montreal, Que. H3G 1C5 (Canada)
    telephone: 514-931-7531 ex. 2
    facsimile: 514-931-0548
    website: www.cjc.ca

    Louis'brother was
    Corporal HARRY GOLDBERG
    who died on April 26, 1945
    D/3524
    Age: 26
    Force: Army
    Unit: 17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars, R.C.A.C.
    Division: "B" Sqn., 7th Reconnaissance Regt.
    Son of the late Joseph and Binna (nee Fibishenko) Goldberg, of Montreal, Quebec. His brother Sergeant Louis Golberg, Royal Canadian Air Force, killed in action 7 July 1941.

    Commemorated on Page 518 of the
    Second World War Book of Remembrance.
    There is a digital photo collection relating to
    HARRY GOLDBERG .
    Cemetery:
    HOLTEN CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY
    Netherlands
    Grave Reference: XI. E. 9.
    Location: Holten is a village 20 kilometres east of the town of Deventer, on the main A1 motorway from Amsterdam to Bremen in Germany.

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