Breece, David Sessions, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last AFSC Group
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
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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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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.
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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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 1944-1946, C-54 Skymaster
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 C-54 Skymaster Details

Aircraft/Missile Information
C-54s began service with the Army Air Forces in 1942, carrying up to 26 passengers. (Later versions carried up to 50 passengers.) The U.S. Navy also acquired the type, under the designation R5D. The C-54 was one of the most commonly used long-range transports by the U.S. armed forces in World War II. 515 C-54s were manufactured in Santa Monica, CA and 655 were manufactured in Chicago, Illinois.

After World War II, the C-54 continued to serve as the primary airlifter of the new United States Air Force and with the United States Navy.

The USAF Strategic Air Command had C-54 Skymasters in service from 1946 through 1975.

Model Douglas C-54A (R5D-1) Skymaster
Length 93.83 ft | 28.60 m
Width 117.49 ft | 35.81 m
Height 27.49 ft | 8.38 m
Engine(s) 4 x Pratt & Whitney E-2000-7 Twin Wasp radial engines generating 1,290hp each.
Empty Weight 37,000 lbs | 16,783 kg
MTOW 62,005 lbs | 28,125 kg
Max Speed 265 mph | 426 km/h | 230 kts
Max Range 3,899 miles | 6,275 km
Ceiling 21,982 ft | 6,700 m | 4.2 miles
Climb Rate Not Available
Hardpoints 0
Armament None.
Accommodations 6 + 86
Operators the United States of America

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2009
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  • Rock, Herman, Maj, (1943-1966)
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