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Carl Edward Breathwit


Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 55FG OTU, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x kill. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Remained in USAF rising to Lt Colonel.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 38th Fighter Squadron


  • 44-14970 'Claudia'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Carl E Breathwit.

Associated Place

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...


Event Location Date
Born New Orleans, LA, USA 9 May 1915
Enlisted Camp Beauregard, Pineville, LA 71360, USA 18 May 1942

Camp Beauregard

Based Wormingford 29 September 1944 – 2 March 1945

Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

E/A Destroyed St Vith, Belgium 24 December 1944

Me-109 destroyed (air) W/St. Vith 24-Dec-44.

Transferred Wormingford, UK 2 March 1945

Transferred to 55FG OTU, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Wormingford, UK 8 March 1945

Promoted to 1st Captain.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK April 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Crashed Kadena Air Base, 沖縄県 Japan 3 November 1948

Landing Accident Naha AFB, Okinawa Cat 3 damage Capt Carl M Breathwit, 3-Nov-48.

F-80B 45-8565 - 16FS 51FG.

Died Texas, USA 14 March 1977
Buried San Antonio, TX, USA

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
Harry Wurzbach Road
San Antonio, TX


Date Contributor Update
17 April 2017 16:14:52 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:05 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / roster