Breece, David Sessions, Lt Col

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 00000, 1st Army Air Corps
Service Years
1941 - 1965
Official/Unofficial US Air Force Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Lucky Bastard Club
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Home Town
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Last Address
Fayetteville, NC

Date of Passing
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WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Missileman (Basic)


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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Served Africa 1942-1943; transferred to "Ferry Command" in Long Beach, CA in an aircraft  maintenance/inspection capacity.  This command used the women pilots to return aircraft to assigned bases.  Before discharge he spent time at "Sunken Lunken" AFB in Cincinnati  OH, so named after a heavy storm caused serious flooding.  About 1946 he was discharged to civilian life.  He was recalled c1950 for duty in Japan during Korean War, as non-combat pilot.  He was an avid sportsman and acted as an ambassador of sorts at the Tokyo Tennis Club and spoke on the radio to Japanese youth giving them encouragement to persevere through hard times.

Transferred mainland in 1954, he decided to remain in the Air Force and was attached to Norton AFB 1954-1958, San Bernardino, CA; Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH 1958-1961 and finally Vandenburg AFB, Lompoc, CA 1961-1965.  I believe most of his post war service involved some type of quality control function as he was attached to the Inspector General's Office in OH and spent two weeks of every month traveling to bases around the Pacific.
   
Other Comments:
After my father retired, he became a graduate from the Professional Golfer's Association and moved to Gold Rush country in CA where he sold real estate, played golf and generally enjoyed his much deserved last 36 years of life.
   
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 1942-1946, P-39 Airacobra
From Year
1942
To Year
1946
   
Personal Memories
Qualified Aug 1942
   
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Aircraft/Missile Information
Specifications
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Model Bell P-39M Airacobra
Length 30.15 ft | 9.19 m
Width 33.99 ft | 10.36 m
Height 11.84 ft | 3.61 m
Engine(s) 1 x Allison V-1710-83 water-cooled engine generating 1,200hp.
Empty Weight 5,611 lbs | 2,545 kg
MTOW 8,400 lbs | 3,810 kg
Max Speed 386 mph | 621 km/h | 335 kts
Max Range 650 miles | 1,046 km
Ceiling 35,991 ft | 10,970 m | 6.8 miles
Climb Rate 3,333 ft/min (1,015.9 m/min)
Hardpoints 2
Armament 1 x 37mm cannon mounted in the nose
2 x 12.7mm machine guns
4 x 7.62mm machine guns

Up to 500lbs of external ordnance as needed.
Accommodations 1




   
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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2009
   
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  • Jefferson, Alexander, Lt Col, (1942-1969)
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  • Leinweber, Gerald, Maj, (1941-1953)
  • Marshall, Winton Whittier, Lt Gen, (1942-1977)
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