Second Lieutenant Donald P Breeden
Place where 42-3436 crashed on October 14, 1943 - 13.45 h local time.
Tail part in The Netherlands
Nose part in Germany
Missing - nose
- Donald Paul Breeden/co-pilot
Probably interred with Martin and/or Manley
Source: George Kuhl - Wrong Place! Wrong Time! - page 149
KIA - nose
- William James Martin/navigator
- Harvey Arlie Manley/bombardier
KIA - tail
- Leonard Roy Henlin/left waist gunner
- Robert G Wells /right waist gunner
All others POW
- Hosea Crawford
- Dominic Lepore
- Arthur Linrud
- Benjamin Roberts
- Dennis McDarby
Wall of the Missing - US Cemetery Margraten
Plan of Finkenrath showing the orchard where Mr. Heinz Michels watched the crash and
the place of the crash he and Klara Wauters mention in a book about Finkenrath.
In 1948-49 an investigation was made into the MIA of Donald Paul Breeden. This is the conclusion of that investigation.
He is interred with remains of WJ Martin and/or HA Manley.
In 1951 the review board accepted the conclusion n of the investigation in 1948-49.
Decision Board of Review 1951 after investigation into Mr Donald Paul Breeden's MIA on October 14, 1943.
Conclusion investigation in December 1948 and January 1949 into Mr Donald Paul Breeden's MIA on October 14, 1943.
A view of the memorial stone and plaque at the day of the unveiling on 13-10-2018.
Donald Paul Breeden served as pilot with the 364th Bomb Squadron of the 305th Bomb Group. His B-17 #423436 was shot down 14 October 1943 over the Netherlands and Breeden was declared Missing in Action (MIA).
Donald flew 5 missions as a co-pilot starting on october 4th to Frankfurt with the McDarby crew in B17/42-29988, the ‘Uncouth bastard‘. On 8th he flew to Bremen with the same (McDarby)crew in ‘Devastating Dottie’. Then to the ship yards in Gdynia in occupied Poland on 9th of october with the same crew in B17/42-3436. And with the same crew and same ship he flies on october 10th to Munster. Donald Paul Breeden gets shot down in Finkenrath (G) near Eygelshoven (NL) on his 5th mission on the 14th october with the McDarby crew on its way to Schweinfurt. There he gets MIA.
In December 1948 and January 1949 there was an investigation into this MIA. Donald Paul Breeden's remains were most probably buried together with the remains of Mr. W.J. Martin and/or Mr. H.A. Manley. First in Germany and after the war at Margraten Cemetery.
In 1951 a Board of Review states in its recommendation 'That the remains... considered be determined non-recoverable.'
A detailed life story has been researched by Wim Slangen, with help from Jeanne Venturino, Sue Moyer Fox and Breeden's family:
Units served with
The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Denver 15/6/43; Redmond 15/8/43; Assigned 96BG 16/8/43; transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-R] Chelveston 18/9/43;
4 October 1943
3 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are despatched to join a night mission with the Royal Air Force (RAF) on Frankfurt-am-Main/Wiesbaden, Germany. One aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 5KIA 5POW.
8 October 1943
The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below:
9 October 1943
This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...
10 October 1943
This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...
14 October 1943
This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...
Military site : airfield
Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...
||9 April 1921
||19 April 1941
|Married Margarette Talbot
||1 November 1941
Their daughter Donna was born after Donald Paul Breeden got MIA
||6471 Eygelshoven, Nederland
||14 October 1943
|Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing at Netherlands American Cemetery
||6269 Margraten, Nederland