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Lewis Hyde Brereton


Lewis Hyde Brereton (June 21, 1890 – July 20, 1967) was a military aviation pioneer and lieutenant general in the United States Air Force. A 1911 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he began his military career as a United States Army officer in the Coast Artillery Corps prior to World War I, then spent the remainder of his service as a career aviator. In WW II held command of 3rd AF, 1st Allied Airborne Army, 9th Af, 10th AF and Far East Air Force. Overall command of Operation Tidal Wave, the Ploesti mission to destroy the Romanian oilr refineries, was vested in Major General Lewis H. Brereton as commander of Ninth Air Force, headquartered in Cairo.


Units served with


  • 41-11603 Malicious

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator bomber, #41-11603, 'Malicious', was one of 23 B-24 Liberators assigned to the Halverson Detachment (HALPRO) which departed the U.S. in May, 1942, to join the 10th Air Force in the China, Burma, India Theatre of operations. The...


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Born Pittsburgh, PA 21 June 1890

Son of William Denny and Helen [Hyde] Brereton.

Graduated Annapolis, Maryland June 1911

United States Naval Academy

Transferred Commission to US Army Fort Monroe, Virginia August 1911

Applied for a transfer to the US Army due to sea sickness.

Earned Aviator Rating Rockwell Field, San Diego, CA 27 March 1913

Brereton was the 10th Army aviator to be awarded his wings

Appointed Commander of the 12th US Aero Squadron Issoudun, France 1 March 1918

His unit had no aircraft on his arrival, and he could only procure a dozen obsolete Dorand AR.Is[11][nb 10] to fly until first-line Salmson 2 A2s became available. The 12th A.S. began combat operations from Ourches airdrome on May 3, patrolling the "Toul Sector" between Flirey and Apremont in support of the U.S. 26th Division[12] Brereton and his pilots moved overland to Vathiménil to receive their Salmsons in the first week of June and carried out extensive operations between Blâmont and Badonviller in the "Baccarat Sector" for three weeks supporting the U.S. 42nd Division.[13][14]

Appointed Commander of the 10th Air Force New Dehli, India 5 March 1942
Appointed Commander of the reformed 9th Air Force Sunninghill Park, UK 31 July 1943
Appointed Commander of the 1st Air Force Mitchell Army Airfield, New York 1 January 1946
Died Washington, DC 20 July 1967
Buried Arlington National Cemetery 27 July 1967

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Section 6, Grave 5717-G


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