Lloyd Samuel Breadner, born July 14th,
1894, in Carleton Place, Ontario; died March
14th, 1952, in Boston, Massachusetts. Royal
Canadian Air Force (RCAF) officer.
L.S. Breadner in March 1945.
Defence Image Library, PL 35325.
In 1915, young Breadner left the family
business in Ottawa to enlist in the Royal
Naval Air Service. He spent most of WWI
as a fighter pilot in France. When the war
ended, his flying skills won him a position
as a license examiner with the Canadian
Air Board. Breadner was Commanding Officer
of the Camp Borden training base in 1924,
the year the RCAF was officially created
1922. An man of action with a practical
mind, he rapidly moved up the hierarchy,
well served by a jolly disposition and a
great sense of humour. He was Director of
the RCAF under Lindsay Gordon from 1928
to 1932. In 1936, Breadner received training
at the Imperial Defence College.
In 1940, Minister of Defence for Air C.G.
"Chubby" Power, himself a "bon
vivant", was greatly taken with Breadner's
genial manners. With Power's support, he
succeeded G.M. Croil as Chief of Air Staff
on May 29th, 1940. During WWII, Breadner
turned the RCAF into one of the most powerful
air forces in the world. On January 1st,
1944, he was posted in London as Air Officer
Commander-in Chief, RCAF Overseas.
Upon his retirement in 1945, Lloyd Breadner
was promoted to Chief Air Marshal, the only
Canadian ever to hold this rank.