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Name: Charles Arthur Bissonette
Charles Bissonette
Country: United States
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 24, 64
Victories: 6
Born: 27 December 1896
Place of Birth: Toledo, Ohio, USA
Died: 26 April 1971
Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, USA
The son of Alfred M. and Joohana Bissonette, Charles Arthur Bissonette served two years in the United States Naval Reserve before he went to Canada to enlist in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force on 17 October 1916. He joined the Royal Flying Corps in March 1917. Flying the S.E.5a with 64 Squadron in 1918, he scored six victories before being reassigned to 24 Squadron on 24 September 1918.

1910 residence was Toledo, Ohio. Listed as Charles Arthur Bisonette on Attestation Paper.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 17 Mar 1918 1135 64 S.E.5a Pfalz D.III (OOC) 1 Biache
2 23 Mar 1918 1110 64 S.E.5a (C9493) Two-seater (DES) Havrincourt Wood
3 09 May 1918 1042 64 S.E.5a (C9517) Halberstadt C (OOC) Monchy
4 09 May 1918 1043 64 S.E.5a (C9517) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Boiry
5 31 May 1918 1940 64 S.E.5a Albatros D.V (DES) La Bassée
6 31 May 1918 1940 64 S.E.5a Albatros D.V (DES) La Bassée

1 Shared with Capt Edmund Tempest, Lt J F T Barrett, Lt Stringer, Lt Hendrie
Franks, Norman. American Aces of World War 1. Oxford: Osprey Publishing Ltd., 2001
Franks, Norman and Frank Bailey. Over the Front: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the United States and French Air Services, 1914-1918. London: Grub Street, 1992
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