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Municipality/Province: Ottawa, ON

Memorial Number: 35060-022

Type: Street; street sign

Address: Breadner Boulevard

GPS Coordinates: Lat: 45.332138   Long: -75.666806

Contributor: Richard Turcotte

Photo Credit: Richard Turcotte

Breadner Boulevard is dedicated to the memory of Air Marshal Lloyd Samuel Breadner.

Lloyd Samuel Breadner was born in July, 1894, in Carleton Place. In 1915, he left the family business in Ottawa to enlist in the Royal Naval Air Service. He spent most of the First World War as a fighter pilot in France. When the war ended, his flying skills won him a position with the Canadian Air Board.

Breadner was appointed Commanding Officer of the Camp Borden in 1924. He rapidly moved up the hierarchy and served as Director of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) from 1928 to 1932. In 1936, Breadner received training at the Imperial Defence College. In 1940, he succeeded G.M. Croil as Chief of Air Staff.

During the Second World War, 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. He died in March, 1952 in Boston.

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