James Theodore BREADON

Serial Number: NZ4216504 (T124 in the Navy)
RNZAF Trade: Cook and Butcher, then Cook
Date of Enlistment: 11th of December 1942
Rank Achieved: Corporal
Flying Hours: Nil
Operational Sorties: Nil

Date of Birth: 27th of November 1883, at Otahuhu
Personal Details: James was the son of James Breadon and Ellen Breadon (nee O'Connell), and was married to Kathleen Mary Breadon. Prior to joining the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1942 he worked as a Steward in the Masonic Hotel, Cambridge

Service Details: James had previously served in the Merchant Navy during the First World War. He joined the Royal Navy on the 23rd of October 1939 and served in that service (and the subsequent Royal New Zealand Navy when it formed in April 1941) till the 2nd of August 1941.

It seems James then was released from the Navy to join the RNZAF, in which he served as a Cook and Butcher from December 1942.

James served at the following stations:

RNZAF Station
Posting Date To Station
RNZAF Station Hamilton

11 December 1942

RNZAF Station Mangere

7 April 1943

RNZAF Station Tauranga

20 May 1943

Remustered as Cook 1 November 1943
RNZAF Station Nelson

28 November 1943

RNZAF Station Gisborne

25 February 1944

RNZAF Station Ardmore

7 June 1944

No. 1 PD/S&W Section

7 August 1944


Date of Death : 11th of August 1944, aged 50
Buried: At Otahuhu Cemetery

Connection with Cambridge: James Breadon was working and living in Cambridge during the war, before joining the RNZAF

Thanks To: Errol Martyn for providing information on this airman, and further details from his books For Your Tomorrow Volumes 1 to 3

Note: It seems that this airman may also have been known as John James Augustus Breadon, but his name is written as James Theodore Breadon in RNZAF documentation













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