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Donald Paul Breeden

Military

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:
http://home.kpn.nl/slang075/wim-slangen/Donald-P-Breeden.html

Service

Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    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...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3436 No nick name known

    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; ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 109 with RAF

    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.

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    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: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    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...

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    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...

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    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...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    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...

  • Eygelshoven

    Crash site

  • Finkenrath

    Crash site

Events

Event Location Date
Born Idaho, USA 9 April 1921
Enlisted 19 April 1941
Married Margarette Talbot 1 November 1941

Their daughter Donna was born after Donald Paul Breeden got MIA

Died 6471 Eygelshoven, Nederland 14 October 1943
Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing at Netherlands American Cemetery 6269 Margraten, Nederland

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2018 15:36:58 wimhm.slangen Changes to biography
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Wim Slangen

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2017 22:48:53 wimhm.slangen Changes to place associations
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Wim Slangen

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2017 09:34:17 wimhm.slangen Changes to biography
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Wim Slangen

Date Contributor Update
24 December 2016 09:08:30 wimhm.slangen Changes to media associations
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Wim Slangen

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2016 10:22:07 wimhm.slangen Changes to events
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Wim Slangen

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2016 12:11:24 wimhm.slangen Changes to biography
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Wim Slangen

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2016 12:07:31 wimhm.slangen Changes to biography
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Wim Slangen

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2016 12:04:21 wimhm.slangen Changes to biography, events and mission associations
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Wim Slangen

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2016 16:01:11 Lucy May Changes to surname, middlename, service number, biography, events and place associations
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Corrected spelling of surname from 'Breedon' to 'Breeden'. Sources:
ABMC record: https://www.abmc.gov/node/531141#.V5IzPU1TGM8

http://www.jachthoornblazers.nl/JHB/Wim-Slangen-Donald-P-Breeden.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1034 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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