Before he enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service, Lloyd Samuel Breadner, the son of Samuel Marsh and Caroline Alberta (Watkins) Breadner, received his pilot's certificate on a Wright biplane at the Wright school, Augusta, Georgia on 28 December 1915. In 1917, he was posted to Naval 3 which was attached to the Royal Flying Corps. Flying the Sopwith Pup, he scored his fourth victory by shooting down a Gotha G.III on 23 April 1917. It was the first Gotha bomber shot down by a British fighter over the Western Front. Upon the formation of the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1924, Breadner was recommissioned and served as commanding officer of Camp Borden in Ontario. In 1939 he went to England as a technical advisor and was promoted to Air Marshal in 1941. In 1943 he returned to England as air officer commanding the R.C.A.F. overseas. Promoted again, shortly before he retired in 1945, Air Chief Marshal Breadner achieved the highest rank ever awarded in the R.C.A.F. Suffering from ill health, he died in a Boston, Massachusetts hospital in 1952.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1913
The Springfield Sunday Republican, Springfield, Massachusetts, Sunday, 16 March 1952, page 6A
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Flt.-Lieut. Lloyd Samuel Breadner, R.N.A.S.
For conspicuous gallantry and skill in leading his patrol against hostile formations. He has himself brought down three hostile machines and forced several others to land.
On the 6th April. 1917, he drove down a hostile machine which was wrecked while attempting to land in a ploughed field.
On the morning of the 11th April, 1917, he destroyed a hostile machine, which fell in flames, brought down another in a spinning nose dive with one wing folded up, and forced a third to land.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 23 May 1917 (30088/5053)