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Bellisle, Joseph Louis Alphonse (Flight Lieutenant)

Killed in Action 1945-02-12

Birth Date: 1920-08-31 (age 24)

Born: St. Anne de La Perade, Quebec

Son of Patrick and Sophie Bellisle.

Home: Montreal, Quebec

Enlistment: Montreal, Quebec

Enlistment Date: 1941-10-03

123 Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Swift To Strike
Flight Lieutenant
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Service Numbers
123 Squadron (Swift To Strike). Thunderbolt aircraft KJ 263 lost during an attack against the aerodrome at Slewekpi Leure. Very few Canadians flew Thunderbolts and those only in the Far East. In late 1944 and early 1945 these aircraft were used in a few RAF Squadrons to dive bomb and drop 1200 lb. containers of Napalm on Japanese positions.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canada Primary Source Library and Archives Canada Service Files (may not exist)

Flight Lieutenant Joseph Louis Alphonse Bellisle has no known grave.

Republic Thunderbolt

Source: Harold A Skaarup Web Page (RAF Photo)
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt Mk. I & II flown by Canadians in RAF service

The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt is a World War II-era fighter aircraft produced by the American aerospace company Republic Aviation from 1941 through 1945. Its primary armament was eight .50-caliber machine guns, and in the fighter-bomber ground-attack role it could carry five-inch rockets or a bomb load of 2,500 lb (1,100 kg). When fully loaded, the P-47 weighed up to eight tons, making it one of the heaviest fighters of the war. The Thunderbolt was effective as a short-to medium-range escort fighter in high-altitude air-to-air combat and ground attack in both the European and Pacific theatres. The P-47 was designed around the powerful Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp 18-cylinder radial engine which also powered two U.S. Navy/U.S. Marine Corps fighters, the Grumman F6F Hellcat and the Vought F4U Corsair. An advanced turbo-supercharger system ensured the aircraft's eventual dominance at high-altitude, while also influencing its size and design.

The P-47 was one of the main United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) fighters of World War II, and also served with other Allied air forces, including those of France, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union. Mexican and Brazilian squadrons fighting alongside the USAAF also flew the P-47.

The armored cockpit was relatively roomy and comfortable and the bubble canopy introduced on the P-47D offered good visibility. Nicknamed the "Jug" owing to its appearance if stood on its nose, the P-47 was noted for its firepower, as well as its ability to resist battle damage and remain airworthy. Wikipedia

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

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last update: 2021-09-16 19:49:13

Thunderbolt Mk. II KJ263

Equivalent to USAAF P-47D-25, bubble canopy.

123 Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Swift To Strike

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