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Noel M Breen


Noel Breen was born July 30, 1923, the son of William and Gertrude McGrath Breen in Lowville, New York. After his service as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force during WWII, he was a Systems Analyst and worked for Control Data, Inc. for 20 years before retiring. He was a graduate of Syracuse University, and he had been an avid golfer at the Paradise Hills Country Club. Noel came to New Mexico from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


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. ...

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

  • 364th Fighter Squadron


  • 44-14884 Baby Jo

    P-51 Mustang
    P-51-D "Baby Jo" of 357th Fighter Group / 364th Fighter Squadron. ...


  • 824

    9 February 1945

Associated Place

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...


Event Location Date
Born Lowville, New York, United States 30 July 1923

Son of William and Gertrude [McGrath] Breen.

Lived in Lowville, New York, United States 1942
Enlisted Syracuse, New York, United States 7 November 1942

Enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in the Air Corps.

Based Leiston 19 December 1944 – May 1945

Assigned to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Leiston IP16, UK 9 February 1945

Landing Accident 1/2mi Sth Leiston/Sta 373 Cat 4 damage Lt Noel M Breen, 9-Feb-45.

P-51D15 44-14884 - 364FS 357FG 8AF.

Promotion Leiston IP16, UK 23 March 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Died Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States 19 March 1999


Date Contributor Update
19 April 2017 17:24:24 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2015 14:29:35 ED-BB Changes to service number, role, biography, events, place associations and mission associations

Research on aircraft and pilot.
Little friends website :
Accident report
Freeman's "The Mighty Eighth War Diary"

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:35 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list