On 24 December 1944, Hawker Typhoon MP178 (squadron code F3-H) was lost during an armed recce mission. While straffing enemy ground vehicles, it was hit by flak at low altitude (below 600 feet) giving the pilot no chance to bail out, he perished in the crash. Pilot info: rank: pilot officer, name: Roy Frederick Breen, service number: J/92935. Aircraft crashed near Schmidtheim Germany (location on map).
P/O Breen was posthumously awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre with palm. Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (deceased) - No.438 Squadron - Awarded 17 July 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948.