Sidney Helper

Sergeant, 5 O.T.U.
Service number 1320190
Died 10 Nov 1944
Commemorated on Ottawa Memorial
Age 21


Sidney was born in 1923 in Whitechapel to Isaac and Leah nee Kosky. He had an older brother Louis and a younger sister Minnie who died when she was five. Sidney’s father worked as a tailor.

On November 9 1944, Liberator KH108 AT of 5 OTU, took off from RCAF Abbotsford, British Columbia, with a crew of ten RAFVR members. The operational training mission included a night navigation exercise over Vancouver Island. At approximately 03:30 in the early morning of November 10, 1944, the aircraft crashed into a heavily forested mountain, approximately two miles north of Flora Lake. An intensive search was unable to locate the aircraft and the crew were listed as missing. The accident site was eventually found one year later confirming that the ten crew died in the crash. Due to the remoteness of the area, the crew were buried on site.

5 OTU Detachment, RCAF Abbotsford, provided operational training for RAF and RCAF crews destined for B-24 Bomber Squadrons in S.E. Asia and Burma.

Morris Morganstein was also killed on the aircraft and has a page on the website.