Lionel Palma Joseph Dupuis DFC

Mis à jour le 2 mai 2021

Le Squadron Leader Dupuis est pratiquement inconnu sur les moteurs de recherche. Quand même dommage, car il se retrouve sur plusieurs photos de la collection de Réal St-Amour.

St-Amour et Dupuis.jpg

On lui rend hommage par contre en langue anglaise…

DUPUIS, F/L Lionel Palma Joseph (J85013)
– Distinguished Flying Cross
– No.425 Squadron
– Award effective 15 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944.
Born 4 June 1918 in Quebec; home in Ottawa; enlisted there 19 September 1939 as a clerk and psted to AFHQ; one of four brothers in the forces.
Promoted AC1, 29 February 1941.
Promoted LAC, 29 May 1940.
Promoted Corporal, 1 July 1940.
Promoted Sergeant, 1 October 1940.
Promoted Flight Sergeant, 1 October 1941.
Remustered to aircrew, 14 February 1942 and reverted to AC2.
Posted that date to No.3 ITS; graduated 11 April 1942 and promoted LAC (simultaneous promotion to Sergeant); to No.11 EFTS as of 11 April 1942. To No.2 SFTS, 5 July 1942.
Graduated and graded pilot, 5 November 1942.
To \ »Y\ » Depot, 22 November 1942.
To RAF overseas, 10 December 1942.
Commissioned 1944.
Repatriated 30 June 1945 with No.425 Squadron.
To Debert, 6 September 1945.
To Greenwood, 3 November 1945.
To Eastern Air Command, 1 January 1946.
Remained in postwar RCAF; awarded Queen\’s Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while a Wing Commander at College Militaire Royale, St.Jean.
Retired in 1966 and then worked as a translator for the Department of National Defence.
Died in Ottawa, 7 December 1999.
RCAF photo PL-32718 (ex UK-14635 dated 13 September 1944) shows W/C Hugh Ledoux, recently appointed CO of No.425 Squadron, with two flight commanders – S/L Lionel Dupuis (left) and F/L Gerald Phelan (right).
Photo PL-32720 (ex UK-14637 dated 13 September 1944) shows him as a Squadron Leader.
This officer is a skilful and devoted pilot. He has completed many sorties including attacks on Berlin, Essen and Stuttgart. The determination he has shown throughout his tour was well illustrated on his first sortie when detailed to attack Frankfurt.
In the early stages of the outward flight some important navigational equipment became useless. Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Dupuis continued to the target and executed a successful attack. This officer is a most inspiring captain.
The original recommendation, drafted by S/L G.B. Philbin when he had flown 28 sorties (175 hours 30 minutes), is found in DHH file 181.009 D.1730 (Library and Archives Canada RG.24 Volume 20607) was as follows:
7 September 1943 – England to North Africa (13.30 as pilot)
11 September 1943 – Frozimone (5.25, second pilot)
12 September 1943 – Castel Nueve (7.00, second pilot)
13 September 1943 – Pompei, road (6.10, second pilot)
16 September 1943 – Cisteria 5.30, second pilot)
17 September 1943 – Cervetori (3.15, duty not carried out)
19 September 1943 – Benevento (6.20)
21 September 1943 – Bastia (6.35)
22 September 1943 – Formia (6.10)
29 September 1943 – Formia (6.15)
4 October 1943 – Formia (6.10)
27 January 1944 – Berlin (8.35, second pilot)
24 February 1944 – Schweinfurt (8.15)
1 March 1944 – Stuttgart (7.15)
22 March 1944 – Frankfurt (6.15)
24 March 1944 – Berlin (7.05)
26 March 1944 – Essen (5.00)
30 March 1944 – Nuremberg (1.15, duty not carried out)
9 April 1944 – Villeneuve St. George (5.30)
10 April 1944 – Ghent (4.10)
18 April 1944 – Noisy-le-Sec (3.05)
20 April 1944 – Lens (4.20)
24 April 1944 – Karlsruhe (6.40)
26 April 1944 – Essen (5.05)
27 April 1944 – Aulnoye (4.50)
30 April 1944 – Somain (4.25) 7
June 1944 – Acheres (5.05)
8 June 1944 – Mayennes (4.50)
14 June 1944 – St. Pol (3.45)
17 June 1944 – Oisemont Neuville 4.25)
A bomber pilot of outstanding skill and highly commendable courage, Flight Lieutenant Dupuis has completed 28 offensive sorties against enemy targets. These operations include two attacks on Berlin, and others on Essen, Schweinfurt, Karlsruhe, Frankfurt and Stuttgart.
In all of these sorties, his superb captaincy and airmanship contributed, in a great measure, to the successful completion of his mission and the safe return of the aircraft. On the occasion of his first sortie to Frankfurt, the D.R. compass and gyro instrument became unserviceable shortly after take-off. With exceptional tenacity of purpose that characterises all his actions, this officer, refusing to return to base, continued to the target, which was reached on schedule and bombed most successfully. Under a calm and quiet manner Flight Lieutenant Dupuis has a fine offensive spirit in action. His dogged determination, skill and devotion to duty are an example and an inspiration to others. I recommend that this ideal leader of men be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Source

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3 réflexions sur “Lionel Palma Joseph Dupuis DFC

  1. Source Airforce.ca

    DUPUIS, F/L Lionel Palma Joseph (J85013) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.425 Squadron – Award effective 15 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born 1918 in Quebec; home in Ottawa; enlisted there 19 September 1939; one of four brothers in the forces. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 10 April 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 19 June 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1942). Commissioned 1944. Remained in postwar RCAF; awarded Queen’s Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while a Wing Commander at College Militaire Royale, St.Jean. Retired in 1966 and then worked as a translator for the Department of National Defence. Died in Ottawa, 7 December 1999.

    This officer is a skilful and devoted pilot. He has completed many sorties including attacks on Berlin, Essen and Stuttgart. The determination he has shown throughout his tour was well illustrated on his first sortie when detailed to attack Frankfurt. In the early stages of the outward flight some important navigational equipment became useless. Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Dupuis continued to the target and executed a successful attack. This officer is a most inspiring captain.

  2. Lionel Palma DUPUIS
    Prénom : Lionel Palma
    Nom : DUPUIS

    Date de décès : 1999-12-07
    Paru le : 1999-12-08
    Conjoint(e)(s) : Géraldine LeScelleur
    Père : DUPUIS
    Mère : DUPUIS

    Lionel Palma, Lieutenant colonel, DFC, CD, ARC. Lionel Palma Dupuis est décédé soudainement le mardi 7 décembre 1999, à l’âge de 81 ans. Il sera regretté pour toujours par son épouse Géraldine LeScelleur; ses enfants: Monique, Suzanne (Owen Higginson), Marc (Chris Bowen), Marie, Robert (Ingrid Fish), Rachel et Daniel; ses petits-enfants; sa soeur Micheline et son frère Michel. Il était pilote bombardier au cours de la Deuxième guerre mondiale. Il a servi en Afrique et en Angleterre. Lionel a reçu la médaille « Distinction Croix de Vol » et a pris sa retraite des forces en 1966. Ensuite, il a travaillé comme traducteur au ministère de la Défense nationale à Ottawa.

  3. LeSCELLEUR, Geraldine (Gerry) décédée le 13 février 2000, à l’âge de 85 ans. Gerry était l’épouse de feu Lionel Dupuis (décédé le 7 décembre 1999). Elle était la mère de Monique, Suzanne (Owen Higginson), Marc (Chris Dupuis), Marie, Robert (Ingrid Fish), Rachel et Daniel. Elle était aussi la grand-mère de Ronald, Jonah, Suzanne, Paul, Marie-Aimée, Geneviève, Joël, Émilie, Palma et Gabrielle et arrière-grand-mère de Lexxus. Gerry est aussi survécu par son frère Ed LeScelleur

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