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1 Andres, ErnstHptm.9/19/1921Pfullingen28KG-4, Stab II/KG-2 (5/43), Stfkpt 5/NJG-4 (2/45)Do 217K-1 Wk# 4415 "U5 + AA" (lost 5/5/43), Me 410 & Ju 188 in KG-2, Ju 88G-1 Wk# 710856 "3C + FN" (lost 2/12/45)
RK(4/20/44)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(12/3/42)

EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Bomber & Night Fighter Operational Clasps
KIA 12 February, 1945 when his Ju 88G-1 "3C + FN" was shot down by a Mosquito as he was taking off from Gütersloh airfield near Oelde. His RO, Fw Kurt Sauter and Gunner, Ofw Gerhard Andrä, were also killed. He received the RK for bombing operations over England. He was injured the night of 4/5 May, 1943 when he crashed his Do 217 north of Amsterdam due to engine failure. Added: Killed were Obstlt W.Bradel, Obs (bur Yssel CX-4-85) and Flg W.Becker, Gnr (bur Yssel CX-4-84). WIA were Uffz A.Drechler, R/O and Ogefr W.Schlagbaum, Mech/Gnr (SGLO). He was retrained as a Night Fighter in 1944, and it is not known if he scored any confirmed victories. Bowers/Lednicer suggests 29 victories.

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2 Bargen, Johann Hans vonHptm10/14/1914Malente, Gremsmühlen I/StG-3, 1/SG-3 (Finland '44), Kdr I/SG-3 Ju 87D-5 Werk # 131586 "S7 + OH", Fw 190F
RK(9/19/42)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(3/19/42)

EK 1 & 2
Dive Bomber Operational Clasp w/Pendant
KIA 6 July, 1944 during his second attack on Soviet troops in Aeyraepaeae Finland, receiving a direct flak hit during the dive, crashing and burning. Also killed , was his faithful R/O Ofw Wilhelm Becker. 400+ missions. Another source (Finland Aviation Museum) names his R/O as Albert Becker.

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3 Bartel, KurtOfwStab II/KGzbV-1Ju 52/3m "1Z + BC"Transport Operational ClaspOne of three Ju 52s making emergency landings in Sweden on 14 April, 1940 due to navigational errors and running low on fuel. This one landed on the weak ice of Lake Vänern at Mariestad at 2247 hours. The crew attempted to taxi to shore, but fell through the thin ice and settled to the bottom. This occurred during exercise Weserübung after dropping paratroopers. They were a crew of five, however, only four are known. Remaining crew: Ofw Josef Becker, Fw Ernst Rethmeier and Uffz Werner Röhr. Note: the pilots were not positively identified by the author. I selected the two senior ranking persons as pilots. The wreckage was returned to Germany on 23 January, 1941 after its recovery and repair. Source: B.Widfeldt
4 Becker,Uffz11/ZG-1Ju 88C-6, Ju 88R-2
EK 1 & 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
One known victory, a B-17 3 km SW of Raalte on 10 October, 1943.
5 Becker,Lt5/JG-52 (4/43 S.U.)Bf 109GFighter Operational Clasp Served under Batz & Helmut Kühle. Possibly Lt Otto Becker, Stfkpt 8/JG-52.
6 Becker,FwIII/KG-26 (8/40), 7/KG-26 (4/43)He 111H-3, Ju 88A-4 Werk # 142294 "1H + HR" (lost 4/2/43)Bomber Operational Clasp Crew: Uffz Ludwig Havighorst, bombardier born Ostbevern; R/O Ebbinghaus. Added: Fw Becker and crew all MIA. Remaining crew: Ufz Radda, Obs; Ogefr Schreiter, R/O and Ogefr Benler, Mech (Qu.Meister File).
7 Becker,FwSonderkommando (Special Command) "Bienenstock" (5/45 Salzburg-Ainring)Bu 131Fighter Operational ClaspAttacked the railline at Ödenburg the evening of 5 May, 1945. Jager Blatt 3/1999.
8 Becker,Uffz1Erg/ZG-76Bf 110 EK 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
His one known victory, a Beaufort into the sea off Terschelling on 2 June, 1941. Perry Claims.
9 Becker,Gefr8/JG-53 (9/40)Bf 109E-4 (lost 9/40)Fighter Operational ClaspCrashed into the Channel on 29 September, 1940, after aerial combat over England (Prien). Not certain if he perished, since I have a Gefr Heinrich Becker later in 8/JG-53 and a Fw Becker later in 6/JG-53.
10 Becker,Fw4/KGr.z.b.V. 900 (3/42 S.U.)Ju 52/3m Werk # Unk "CH + HY'Transport Operational Clasp Photo online; flew support missions into the Demyansk Pocket (falkeeins-blogspot).
11 Becker, ?Uffz3./Kü.Fl.Gr-506KIA on 04/09/39 near Hela, shot down by Flak. Crew (KIA) R/O Uffz Fuchs, ? Mech Uffz Mux, Obs Lt z. See Münscher, KlausCKönig
12 Becker, AdamUffz8/KG-1Ju 88A-5 Werk # 3358 "V4 + BS" (lost 5/5/41)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA with unnamed crew the night of 4/5 May, 1941; they are s/d by Beaufighter piloted by W/Co Atcherley from 25 Sqn into the “Butcher Arms” public house at Bourne-Market Deeping near Eastergate. Four civilians and three soldiers are killed along with the German crew.
13 Becker, AlbertOfhrFFS Lyngby (Denmark 10/43), 2/JG-77 (5/44 Italy)Bf 109F-4 "DR + ZM" (interned in Sweden), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 163214 "Red 3" (lost 5/25/44)Fighter Operational ClaspBecker was undergoing combat training when his unit had been alerted that American bombers were flying over Denmark, so a number of fighters departed at once. Becker had no contact with the members of his unit, however, he stumbled across about 100 B-17 bombers. He made a passat the last B-17 but was soon out of contact and flying in a fog bank.He decided to return to base but became disoriented and flew in over Sweden. Running low on fuel, he made a wheels up landing according to procedure at Växjö. Becker was unhurt in the landing and was permitted to return to Germany. Source: B.Widfeldt. KIA 25 May, 1944 during aerial combat with a B-24 and a P-38 at Grosseto (Bf 109 Loss List).
14 Becker, AlbertFw3/KG-3 (S.U.)Ju 88A-6 Werk # 2446 "5K + GL" (lost 7/12/41)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew at Slonim-Mohlew 12 July, 1941, cause unknown (Ju 88 Loss List).
15 Becker, AlbertOFw08/04/13I./SG 3FW-190 FMIA on 06/07/44 in FinlandCKönig
16 Becker, AlfredOfw1(F)/33 Long Range Reconnaissance Sq.Ju 88 (all models), Bf 109F-4/R3Observer Operational ClaspJager Blatt article.
17 Becker, Aloysius "Alois"Fw10/16/1918HeinsbergIII/StG-77, 1/JG-26 (joins 8/44)Ju 87, Fw 190A-8 Werk # 175127 "White 13" (lost)EP(4/12/43)

EK 1 & 2
Dive Bomber Operational Clasp
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 27 September, 1944 in his "White 13" during aerial combat with a Spitfire of RAF No. 411 Sq. W of Emmerich-Spijk. On the 27th of September 1944 his Staffel was near enemy lines at the German-Dutch border. Becker, flying his Focke Wulf Fw 190 A-8 (Werkn. 175127, Kennz. 'Weiße 13'), got involved in a dogfight with one of the British fighters. Above Emmerich, his aircraft was hit and Becker was forced to jump out of his aircraft but did not manage to release his parachute. He was hit by the tail of his own aircraft, falling to earth unconscious and was instantly killed. He also had 253 missions as a Dive Bomber pilot in StG-77. Added: Birth data & EP data per Vermeer EP Awards List.
18 Becker, ArnoOblt1 Stab I/JG-1 (5/40), Stfkpt 8/JG-27 (10/40) Bf 109E-7 Werk # 4185 "Black 1" (or Blk 2) (lost 4/6/41) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 6 April, 1941 during aerial combat with a Hurricane at Rupel Pass, west of Gefyroudi Romania. One known victory, his 1st, a Morane 406 over Amiens, 20 May, 1940, a Lt at the time. Added: Believed sd by S/L Thomas St.John Pattle.
19 Becker, ArnoldGefr7/29/1922FFS B7 (Clermont-Ferrand)Si 204 Werk # 46 (lost 2/4/44)Trainee?KIC with co-pilot Gefr Waldemar Hecht (geb 2/19/1923) on 4 February, 1944, cause unknown, however the occupants in the village of Auvergnate heard the ac in distress before hitting the ground and burning. Remaining crew (KIC): Uffz Heinz Horn, geb 7/18/1922, Observer. The French crash report suggests he survived, but died of his injuries later. However his grave marker displays Feb 4. A 4th person, Fw Heinrich Leopold geb 10/13/1919 is on a grave marker with one of this crew, showing his date of death as 2/10/44 (curiously). All are buried in the Dagneux Cemetery. Source: French Crash Report online, thanks to F. Braun
20 Becker, BernhardLt23/KG(J)-54 (3/45 Giebelstadt)Me 262A/1a Werk # 110943 "B3 + HL" (65% dam 3/9/45), Me 262A/1a Werk # Unk "B3 + LL" (dam 4/10/45)
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 10 April, 1945 when he was shot up while landing at Barby,near Giebelstadt. "B3 + HL" was damaged 9 March, 1945 while making an emergency landing in the vicinity of Kitzingen (LOCS). His first known victory, a B-17 on 4 April, 1945. A 2nd, a B-17 on 10 April, 1945.
21 Becker, BrunoUffz12(H)/13Fw 189A-2 Werk # 125115 (lost)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(8/16/43 Post.)

EK 1 & 2
Observer Operational Clasp
KIA 31 July, 1943; shot down by enemy return fire north of Poljana Russia. His Observer, Oblt Otto Henzler, was also KIA, and the 3rd unnamed crewman was WIA. Obs Loss List & DK-G Awards List
22 Becker, BrunoLtJGr.-Süd (3/43)Bf 109F-4 Werk # 7246 (lost 3/31/43)Fighter Operational ClaspKIFA 31 March, 1943; struck an object at Nimes, no further detail (Qu.Meister File).
23 Becker, EduardUffzIII/JG-54Bf 109G-4 Werk # 16108 (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspUninjured in a force landing crash 13 March, 1943, when he experienced engine problems and set down near Blankenberge. Source: A. Rosseels.
24 Becker, EgonUffz8/29/1921Dillingen 1/JG-53 (8/43 Italy; 7/44 Romania) Bf 109G-6 Werk # 18724 (80% dam 8/17/43), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 760231 (lost 7/4/44), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 166004 "White 16" (lost 7/31/44) Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 31 July, 1944 in Wk# 166004 during aerial combat at Corabia, near Turnu Magurele Romania. Added: Buried GWC Bucharest, D/5/106 (M.Krebbers). Wk# 760231 lost 4 July, 1944 during aerial combat at Suseni Romania; pilot OK. Becker injured 17 August, 1943 in a takeoff crash from San Severo-Süd.
25 Becker, ErhardFw7/JG-54, 10/JG-54 (S.U.) Bf 109G-4 Werk # 16139 "Brown 9" (10% dam 7/14/43) in 7/JG-54, Bf109G-6 Werk# 17014 "White ?" (lost 9/29/43) Fighter Operational Clasp KIA 29 September, 1943 northeast of Krasnoje-Selo, S.U.. This was the 5th time he was shot down, losing 4 109G-4s before this final incident. Added: One such incident happened 14 July, 1943 when he made a forced landing without injury near Hoofddorp Holland due to engine trouble. [This ac was lost over the North Sea, piloted by Uffz Gotthard Obst, 2 August, 1943].
26 Becker, ErichOfw4/330/1918Crossen, Oder32/NJG-6 Bf 110D-2, Bf 110F-4, Bf 110G-4 Werk # Unk (lost 2/24/44)
EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
His G-4 reported sd 24 February, 1944 at Marlow, by Warnemünde, no further detail (NJG-6 Loss List). One known victory, a Halifax 5 km N of Düsseldorf on 3 November, 1943. A 2nd same day, a Lancaster at Düsseldorf. A 3rd, a Halifax WSW of Mannheim on 18 November, 1943.
27 Becker, ErichOfwKGzbV-106, III/TG-2Ju 52
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(5/17/43)

EK 1 & 2
Transport Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List
28 Becker, ErnstOfhr 2/JG-300 (6/44), 1/JG-300 (1/45) Bf 109G-6 (6/44), Bf 109G-10 or G-14 (lost 1/1/45 at Stade) EK 2, Fighter Operational Clasp Reported lost 1 January, 1945 per JG-300 Loss List, Pilot KIA (denkmalprojekt.org). One known victory, a B-17 E of Leipzig, 29 June, 1944.
29 Becker, ErnstUffz9/14/1918AachenSG-102 (3/44 Budejovice, Cz.) Ju 87D-3 Werk # 131347 (lost 5/10/44) Dive Bomber Operational Clasp KIC 10 May, 1944 when he crashed between two houses in Dolni Slovenice, Budejovice Region, CZ., cause unknown. No mention of the R/O-Gnr (F.Braun). Added: A bombing and strafing training mission was scheduled for this day. The mission was cancelled due to fog, while the ac were in flight. Uffz Becker failed to see the red flares, struck a tree, and crashed in a local garden. He is buried in the German War Cem. Wien, Zentralfriedhof, Gruppe 97, Blk 1, Row 14, Gr 7. Of interest; died in Cz., buried in Austria (D.Drury).
30 Becker, ErnstFwIV/KG-77 (4/43) ju 88A-4 Werk # 2661 (lost 4/6/43) Bomber Operational Clasp KIC with his entire crew, 6 April, 1943, when they crashed near Nimes, cause not reported. Remaining crew: Fw Willi Reuter, Obs; Gefr Horst Engel, R/O and Gefr Johannes Haugk, Gnr (Qu,Meister File).
31 Becker, FranzUffz4/KG-54He 111P-2 Werk # unk (lost 6/2/40)Bomber Operational ClaspUninjured in a crash 2 June, 1940: sd after combat in the Dunkirk area, probably by Spitfires of No.92 Sq.. Crash location uncertain, but probably in Belgium, as the two wounded crewmen were taken to an Antwerp hospital. Remaining crew: Hptm Lothar Maiwald, Obs (unhurt); Ogefr Karl Braun, R/O (WIA) and Uffz Karl Wissussek, Flt Engr (WIA). Source: D.Drury
32 Becker, FriedrichUffz7/31/1916Pfungstadt16/JG-3Bf 109E-4 (lost 8/18/40)Wound Badge
EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 1st, a Blenheim on 15 June, 1940, no location. Added: WIA 18 August, 1940: he returned wounded to France after combat and managed a crash landing at Marquise airfield, SW of Calais, but later died of his wounds. He is buried in the Bourdon War Cem., Blk 25, Row 6, Gr 226 (D.Drury).
33 Becker, FriedrichUffz6/JG-53Bf 108 Werk # 1123 (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspKIC 25 December, 1941, crashing into a mountain at Chiaramonte. Source: Jochen Prien
34 Becker, GerhardOblt5/25/19166/KG-77Ju 88 (lost 3/9/42)EK 1 & 2, DK-G (4/14/42 Post.), Bomber Operational Clasp KIA 9 March, 1942; sd by AA fire over Malta, buried in St Michele Cem., Cagliari, Sardinia (German Losses Over Malta).
35 Becker, GeroldGefr2/JG-53 (Italy)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 162255 "Black 12" (lost 4/28/44)Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 28 April, 1944 at Rimini after aerial combat with P-47s.
36 Becker, GüntherOfw5/13/19163(F)/22, 3(F)/122Do 17 P & F, He 111H & Ju 88A & D
RK(2/28/45)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(7/12/43)

EK 1 & 2
Observer Operational Clasp
Oberfeldwebel Günther Becker (May 13, 1916 - October 20, 1953) was a scout pilot of the birth of Buxtehude who crossed the Western Front and Eastern Front. He was awarded the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes on February 28, 1945 as Oberfeldwebel and the Flugzeugführer in 3. Staffel (Fern) / Aufklärungsgruppe 122 / Kommandierende General der Deutschen Luftwaffe in Italien / Luftflotte 2. Not much was known about him, other than that he died in 1953 Australia (another version mentions July 14, 1988). Other medals and awards he received: Eisernes Kreuz II.Klasse und I.Klasse; and the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (July 12, 1943)

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37 Becker, GüntherLt1/KG-55 (Melun-Villaroche)He 111H-4 Werk # 1724 "G1 + GH" (lost 5/8/41)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with his entire crew the night of 7/8 May, 1941; failed to return from a mission to Liverpool. Remaining crew: Uffz Emil Vierner (or Vilser), Obs; Uffz Rdgar Faulhaber, R/O and Ofw Georg Lunz, Flt Engr (D.Drury).
38 Becker, H.Lt 4/KG-2 (8/43 Soesterberg, 3/44 France) Do 217K-1 Werk# 4432 "U5 + GM" (lost 8/3/43), Ju 188E-1 Werk # 260238 "U5 + BM" (lost lost 3/14/44) Bomber Operational Clasp KIA with unnamed crew 14 March, 1944; shot down by a Mosquito of No. 488 Sq., piloted by S/L Bunting. Added: Belly landed 3 August, 1943 in Wk# 4432 at Oude Geinsche Polder, Vreeswijk Holland, due to engine trouble, pilot Lt Becker wounded. A Tech Rep, Prüfmeister K.Berthold was the only other onboard, and he died in the crash, buried Yssel CT-11-260 (SGLO).
39 Becker, Hanns-GottfriedLt22/09/23StettinFernaufklärungsgeschwader 101MIA in 03/45 at Kölleda


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40 Becker, HansJG-5, 6/JG-54 (7/44 Russia)Bf 109G-6, Fw 190AFighter Operational ClaspDue to the commonness of the name, this person may be two different! The Hans Becker in 6/JG-54 came from a photo in Jager Blatt 1/1997.
41 Becker, HansLt6/12/1916Neubiberg11/JG-300Bf 109G-6 Werk # Unk "White 9" (lost 6/21/44 by Magdeburg)
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 21 June, 1944 while opposing the B-17s over Magdeburg (JG-300 Loss List). One known victory a B-17 at Burg by Magdeburg on 21 June, 1944, the same day his G-6 was a loss.
42 Becker, HansObltStfkpt 15/KG-6 (9/42), Stfkpt 5/KG-6 (11/43), 9/KG-6 (3/44)Ju 88A-4
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(3/29/44)

EP (7/6/42), EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List & LOCS
43 Becker, HansFw6/JG-1Fw 190A-5 Werk # 7323 "Yellow 7" (90% dam 9/27/43)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
Injured in a crash at Diepholz on 27 September, 1943 due to a fuel shortage. This could be one of the other Beckers without a first name.
44 Becker, HansUffz3/JG-52 (Reich Def)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 441437 "Yellow 3" (lost 10/17/44)Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 17 October, 1944 after aerial combat 10km south of Ebenrode.
45 Becker, Hans GeorgUffzI/JG-26 (joins 7/43), 1/JG-26 (8/43 Woensdrecht) Fw 190A-4 Werk # 140620 "White 3" (20% dam 8/17/43), Fw 190A-8 Werk # 730456 "White 5" (lost) Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 7 June, 1944 in "White 5" in aerial combat with Allied fighters 40 km SW of Rouen. WIA 17 August, 1943 in "White 3" from B-17 return fire at Liege. Despite his wounds, he made a force landing at Venlo. Returned to 1st Staffel 27 April, 1944.
46 Becker, HeinrichUffz4(Jabo)/JG-54Fw 190A-6 "Red ?" (lost)Fighter Operational ClaspMIA 4 January, 1944 over Map Coordinate 97834.
47 Becker, HeinrichUffz1/27/1919Trier2(Erg)/JG-53 (early 1941), Flugzeugführer 8/JG-53 (4/42 Cimiso Italy)Bf 109E Wk # 1232 (12/41), Bf 109F-4 Wk # 7531 "Black 7 + I" (lost 4/25/42), Bf 109F-4 Wk# 7513 "Black 8 + I" (lost 5/8/42)Fighter Operational ClaspPOW 8 May, 1942, shot down in Werk # 7513 "Black 8 + I" by English flak over Lucqa Venezia Malta, bailed safely. Jager Blatt 2/2004 & Prien. Uninjured in "Black 7" in a crash on 25 April, 1942 at Vittoria, 50 km south of Cap Scaramia due to ground fire, bailed safely, pilot OK (Prien). Survived the war.
48 Becker, HeinrichUffz7/31/1914Berleburg9/StG-1 (Med)Ju 87B-2 Werk # 0524 "J9 + CL" (lost 5/4/41)Dive Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 4 May, 1941 over Malta, cause unknown, his unnamed R/O KIA. Ju 87 Loss List. Added: Failed to return from a mission over Valletta Malta. KIA and buried at St Michele Cem., Cagliari, Sardinia (German Losses Over Malta).
49 Becker, HeinrichUffzKGr.z.b.V. 800 or 900Ju 52Transport Operational Clasp in Gold (6/15/42)Weitze Docs online
50 Becker, HeinzUffz 12/KG-54 (Med)Ju 88A-5 Werk # 3301 "??" (80% dam 12/19/42)Wound Badge
Bomber Operational Clasp
Pilot and two unnamed crew injured when Becker made an emergency landing at the Grotaglio airfield on 19 December, 1942 due to engine trouble (Ju 88 Loss List).
51 Becker, HelmutLt10/17/1920Bochum58 (or 12)/JG-2 (12/42 as Uffz), 4/JG-2 (10/43), 8/EJGr-Süd (10/44. later 8/EJG-1), 7(or 10)/JG-2Bf 109G-6 Werk # 19486 (50% dam 6/29/43), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 1880 (45% dam 10/20/43), Fw 190D-9 Werk # 600662 "Black 18" (lost 3/12/45)EP


EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge, Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 12 March, 1945 when he was sd by friendly AA fire and crashed at Kripp, buried Bodendorf. WIA 29 June, 1943; sd by enemy fire and made a force landing near Dieppe. WIA 20 October, 1943; sd by Spitfires and made a force landing in the vicinity of St Elier, France (LOCS). One known victory, a Spitfire on 18 January, 1943. A 2nd, a B-17 on 23 January, 1943. A 3rd, a Spitfire in the Dunkirk region on 13 February, 1943. A 4th, a B-17 in the Bordeaux-Lorient area on 17 May, 1943. Another B-17 at Hippolytushoef on 29 May, 1943. This may be two persons; this Helmut claimed three victories per LOCS. A second Helmut, in 10 & 12/JG-2, may have two victories.
52 Becker, HelmutUffz3/KG-6 (Med)Ju 88A-14 Werk # 144725 "3E " LL" (lost 7/11/43)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with unnamed crew at Mitiletto 11 July, 1943 after aerial combat (Ju 88 Loss List).
53 Becker, Herbert TheodorOblt6/6/1915Marburg, LahnIV(St)/LG-1Ju 87 (lost)Dive Bomber Operational ClaspKIC 15 December, 1940; crashed on takeoff from Goetsenhoven airfield, buried Bad-Bergzabern, Grave 437. Source: A. Rosseels.
54 Becker, HermannOblt2(F)/100 (S.U.)Ju 88D-1 Werk # 430480 "T5 + CK" (lost 7/9/43)Observer Operational ClaspMIA with his Observer Oblt Reinhold Taufe and two other unnamed crew at Woronesch-Kastornoje 9 July, 1943, cause unknown (Ju 88 Loss List).
55 Becker, HorstFw11/26/191918/NJG-1 (1/44 Twente) Bf 110D & E, Bf 110G-4 Werk # 720024 "G9 + LS" (lost 1/15/44)
EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
His G-4 crashed on landing at De Lutte (gem. Losser) Holland the night of 14/15 January, 1944, cause unknown (DeSwart). Pilot KIC, bur Ysselsteyn Q-10-226. Remaining crew (KIC): Obs Uffz Karl Allmendinger, bur Ysselsteyn Q-10-227 and R/O Helmut Knauck, bur Ysselsteyn Q-10-228 (Lost Aircraft Report). One known victory, a Halifax S of Hameln on 22 September, 1943, an Uffz at the time.
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56 Becker, HorstLt4/24/1922Bluesenbach, Cologne4/KG-2Ju 188E-1 Werk # 260238 "U5 + BM" (lost)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 14/15 March, 1944 during a night attack on London, when he was shot down by a Mosquito of RAF No. 488 Sq., piloted by S/L S.L. Bunting (DFC). The AC was struck on the starboard engine, which caught fire and the AC veered sharply to starboard and dove into the ground on White House Farm, near Chelmsford, Essex, killing the entire crew. Remaining crew (KIA): Uffz Gerhard Bartolain, Observer; Uffz Albert Lange, R/O; Uffz Gunter Goecking, Gunner 1 and Ofw Heinrich Litschke, Gunner 2.



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57 Becker, JoachimLtStab II/JG-2Bf 109G-6 Werk # Unk (lost 6/20/44)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 20 June, 1944; aerial combat in the vicinity of Neaufles St Martin, 4km NW of Gisors (LOCS).
58 Becker, JosefOfwStab II/KGzbV-1Ju 52/3m "1Z + BC"Transport Operational ClaspOne of three Ju 52s making emergency landings in Sweden on 14 April, 1940 due to navigational errors and running low on fuel. This one landed on the weak ice of Lake Vänern at Mariestad at 2247 hours. The crew attempted to taxi to shore, but fell through the thin ice and settled to the bottom. This occurred during exercise Weserübung after dropping paratroopers. They were a crew of five, however, only four are known. Remaining crew: Ofw Kurt Bartel, Fw Ernst Rethmeier and Uffz Werner Röhr. Note: the pilots were not positively identified by the author. I selected the two senior ranking persons as pilots. The wreckage was returned to Germany on 23 January, 1941 after its recovery and repair. Source: B.Widfeldt
59 Becker, JosefOfhrIV/JG-301 (Reich Def)Bf 109G-10 Werk # 491151 (lost 3/2/45)Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 2 march, 1945 during aerial combat near Grabow (Bf 109 Loss List).
60 Becker, JuliusUffz8/KG-51Ju 88A-4
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(11/7/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List
61 Becker, KarlFw95/JG-11 (5/44 Reich Def), 1/JG-11 (4/45)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 163446 "Black 6" (lost 5/24/44), Fw 190A & D
EK 1 & 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
WIA 24 May, 1944 during aerial combat in the Quickborn area. His 1st victory, a B-17 on 24 May, 1944, in the Neumünster area, a Gefr at the time. His 5th & 6th victories, both Yak-9s on 16 April, 1945. Magnus Report.
62 Becker, KarlHptm1 9/NJG-2 (9/42), Stfkpt 2/NJG-3 (5/43), Stfkpt 6/NJG-3 (12/43), Kdr II/NJG-3 (7/44), Kdr I/NJG-101 (8/44) Ju 88C-6, Do 217J EK 2
EP (7/1/42), Night Fighter Operational Clasp
LOCS. One known victory, a Boston on 11 September, 1942.
63 Becker, KarlLt1/JG-11 (Rotenburg) Fw 190A-8 Werk # 680141 "Black 13" (lost 5/8/44) Fighter Operational Clasp KIA 8 May, 1944 during aerial combat, crashing at Bruchhausen, in the area of Hoya. Source: L.Wiegels.
64 Becker, KarlUffz8/KG-30 (Schiphol)Ju 88A-1 Werk # 5014 "5J + US" (lost 10/29/40)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA 29 October, 1940 during a minelaying operation over the Thames, no cause reported. Remaining crew (MIA): Obs Oblt Johann Schubert; R/O Uffz Kurt Kaufmann and Gnr Ogefr Wilhelm Knau.
65 Becker, Karl AdolfOfw13(Z)/JG-5Bf 110F-2 Werk # 5096 "LN + DR" (lost 6/23/43), Bf 110F-2 (Trop) Werk # 5073 "1B + CX" (lost 11/12/43) Wound Badge
Destroyer Operational Clasp
WIA 12 November, 1943; fire after an emergency landing at Svartnes Norway airfield after an operational flight. His Observer, Lt Georg Lisbe, was also wounded. Source: SIG Norway. Added: Wk# 5096 was sd by a Russian P-39, piloted by Lt Borisov at Batsfjordnaringen Norway. Becker managed to make a belly landing offshore. His R/O-Gnr, Uffz Ottmar Werz bailed and was picked up at sea by a German subchaser. The ac was blown up (Flyvrak Norway).
66 Becker, Karl AugustOblt6/7/1915Weilheim an der Teck/Esslingen412/JG-1 (3/43), Stfkpt 3/JG-1 (7/43 Deelen)Bf 109F & G, Fw 190A-5 Werk # 410005 "Yellow 14" (lost 7/30/43)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 30 July, 1943 in aerial combat in his A-5 with a P-47 over Hengelo (Ijsselmeer) Holland. The A-5 reported to have crashed at Angeren, south of Arnhem (DeSwart). No known grave. One known victory, his 1st, a B-17 north of Ameland on 18 March, 1943. His 2nd, a B-17 on 26 July, 1943. his 3rd, a B-17 (HSS) NW of Oldenburg on 28 July, 1943. His 4th, and last, another B-17 at Doesburg on 30 July, 1943. Added: His remains were recovered 16 November, 2022 by WABO Research WOII. His remains are with BIDKL in Soesterberg for 100% identification. They will eventually be transferred to Ysselsteyn at Plot AB-13-306 (Find-A-Grave by Fred, 12/2022). He is confirmed resting Yssel AB-13-314 (Find-A-Grave by Fred 6/2023). New gravemarker set 10/16/2023 (Fred).

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67 Becker, Karl HeinzFw8 10/NJG-11 (aka Kdo Welter & NJ Kdo-262, Feb.45) Me 262A-1 Werk # 500075 "Red 2" (20% dam 2/15/45; uninj emer land between Warendorf & Telgte, cause unk), Me 262B-1a/U1 Night Fighter EP


EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
Magnus Report. 5 Mosquitos. All victories in the Me 262. Second most successful Me 262 Night Fighter pilot. One known victory, a P-38 on 15 February, 1945. A 2nd, a Mosquito on 21 March, 1945. A 3rd, a Mosquito on 22 March, 1945. A 4th & 5th, both Mosquitos on 24 March, 1945. Nos. 6 & 7, both Mosquitos on 27 March, 1945. One of the victims on March 27th was F/Lt Andre van Amsterdam in a Mosquito Mk XVI Serial: MM131 XD-J of RAF No. 139 (Jamaica) Sq. north of Brandenburg. van Amsterdam bailed safely but has not been found (R.Philips). An 8th, a Mosquito on 31 March, 1945.
68 Becker, KurtOfw11/JG-300Bf 109G-6
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a "4 mot Flzg." at Remscheid on 31 July, 1943.
69 Becker, KurtFw15/JG-302Fw 190A-5 Werk # 155868 "Yellow 1" (lost 12/4/43) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIC 4 December, 1943 at Freiburg/Elbe, cause unknown. One known victory, an "unidentified" AC at Berlin on 2 December, 1943. This may be a 2nd Kurt Becker, since the other was an Ofw in July, 1943, and this man is a Fw in December, 1943. (Could have been demoted!)
70 Becker, L.Lt2/NJG-1 (8/40 Gütersloh) Bf 110 Werk # unk (lost 8/30/40) Night Fighter Operational Clasp His ac reported lost the night of 30/31 August, 1940 at Meddo, near Winterswijk, cause and pilot and crew disposition unknown (Netherland Loss Registry). Added: Lt Becker KIA. His R/O-Gnr named Staub, no disposition (SGLO).
71 Becker, LudwigHptm8/22/1911Dortmund, Aplerbeck44Stuka pilot, 3/ZG-1, 4/NJG-1 (8/40), 6/NJG-2 (1/42), Stafkpt 14/NJG-1, Stfkpt 12/NJG-1 (2/43 Leeuwarden)Ju 87, Bf 110C "G9+LZ", Do 215B-5 "G9 + OM", Bf 110G-4 Wk # 4864 "G9 + LZ" (lost 2/26/43)
RK(7/1/42)
EL(2/26/43)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(5/4/42)
EP(3/2/42)

EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 26 February, 1943 in his G-4 while on a daylight mission intercepting a B-17 over the North Sea and crashing 10 km north of Schiermonnikoog Holland. Also missing was his R/O Ofw Josef Straub. It was their first daylight sortie. All victories at night. He is known to have crashed a Bf 110 at Meddo Holland, NNW of Winterswijk, on 30 August, 1940, cause and crew disposition unknown, a Lt at the time (DeSwart). His first known victory, a Wellington the night of 16-17 October, 1940, no location. He is credited with the 1st radar-controlled victory, and this may have been the AC, downed while in 4/NJG-1. A Wellington near Nieue Schans on 8-9 August, 1941. A Manchester by Shlochteren, E of Groningen the night of 12-13 August, 1941. A Whitley V by Vredepeel the night of 14-15 August, 1941. A Whitley at Oldebrock the night of 6-7 September, 1941. Another Wellington of RAF No. 115 Sq. at Blijham/Groningen on 29 September, 1941. A Whitley the night of 8-9 November, 1941, no location. A Wellington II of RAF No.12 Sq. the night of 20-21 January, 1942 near the Dutch Frisian Island of Terschelling. He began his military career as a Luftwaffe volunteer in 1934. Bowers/Lednicer, 46 victories.

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72 Becker, LudwigOfw7(H)/13, 3/NAGr-12Hs 126B
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(5/17/43)

EK 1 & 2
Observer Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List
73 Becker, Martin "Tino"Hptm4/12/1916Wiesbaden.58 6/NJG-2 (8/42), 2/NJG-3 (10/43), I/NJG-4, Kdr IV/NJG-6 (10/44 to end) Bf 110F, Bf 110G "3C + MK" (7/44), Ju 88G-6 "2Z + AF", "2Z + MF" & Bf 110G-4 "2Z + BB" & Bf 110G-6 "C9 + MK" in NJG-6
RK(4/20/44)
EL(3/20/45)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold (5/25/44)

EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
All night victories. Famous for his 'serial' victories: 6 on 23 March, 1944; 7 on 31 March, 1944; and 9 on 14 March, 1945. Nos. 44 & 45, both Lancasters on 2 January, 1945. Nos. 46 to 48, all '4 mots' on 21 February, 1945. Victories 49 to 57, eight Lancasters and a B-17 on 14 March, 1945. His 58th and last victory, a Lancaster on 16 March, 1945. 110 combat missions including 27 reconnaissance in 1940 before transferring to Night Fighters. His R/O from 3/44 to the end, Ofw Karl Ludwig Johanssen won the RK on 16 March, 1945, one of the few R/Os to do so. His Gunner at the end was Ogefr Weizenbach. Survived the war. Bowers/Lednicer, 57 victories.

There are several records in the Allied Losses and Incidents Database where Becker is mentioned as the Attacker. Search for Becker in the database and look in the Notes column for Attacker.

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74 Becker, MaximilianLt2/NAGr-4Bf 109G-4 Werk # Unk "Black 10" (lost 9/5/43)Night Observer Operational ClaspKIA 5 September, 1943; aerial combat west of Jelna (LOCS).
75 Becker, OlafLt6/22/192211/JG-3Bf 109G-6 Werk # Unk (lost 3/23/44)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 23 March, 1944; sd near Hohegeiss, no further detail (LOCS). One known victory, his 1st, a B-17 near Wageningen, by Arnhem on 28 July, 1943.
76 Becker, PaulUffz10/JG-4 (9/44 Lippspringe) Bf 109G-6 Werk # 413899 "Black 1" (lost 9/26/44) Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
His G-6 crashed near Arnhem Holland on 26 September, 1944, cause unknown. (DeSwart) Per the JG-4 List, he was wounded during this action. Added: Reported KIA 26 September, 1944, and probably buried among the unknowns at Ysselsteyn (SGLO).
Ysselstein, Holland
77 Becker, PaulLt9/14/1920212/JG-27 (9/42), 1/JG-27 (11/43), Stffüh 11/JG-27 (1/44; 6/44 France)Bf 109F & G (Trop), Bf 109G-6 Werk # 165162 "Red 11 + ~" (lost 6/29/44)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold
EP


EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 29 June, 1944 during aerial combat near Paris. Mombeek. Magnus. One known victory, a Spitfire V south southeast of El Alamein on 6 September, 1942. Over Malta on 14 October, 1942, he downed a Spitfire north of Valetta. His 5th, a P-51 100 km west of Ijmuiden on 18 April, 1943. His 6th & 7th victories, both B-24s southwest of Mattersburg, near Wiener Neustadt, 2 November, 1943. His 8th & 9th this same day, two more B-24s, south southeast of Wiener Neustadt. His 10th, a Spitfire S of Insel Split on 12 January, 1944. His 11th, a P-38 NW of Metkovic Croatia on 14 January, 1944. His 15th, a Typhoon SE of Caen on 8 June, 1944. His 16th & 17th, both P-47s near Beaumont le Roger on 12 June, 1944. His 18th & 19th, both P-47s 10 km SE of Lisieux on 14 June, 1944. His 20th, a P-51 SSW of Cherbourg on 24 June, 1944. His 21st, a P-47 at Thiberville on 29 June, 1944.
78 Becker, PaulOfw7/JG-301 (11/44)Fw 190A-8 Werk # 175169 "Yellow 23" (lost 12/5/44)Fighter Operational Clasp Shot down 5 December, 1944, pilot disposition unknown. Jager Blatt 2/2001. Added: KIA at Prenzlau (C.König).
79 Becker, PeterGefr8/13/1920Kitz bei Dramburg8/JG-53 (Channel)Bf 109E-1 Werk # 6139 "Black 1 + I" (lost (9/9/40)Fighter Operational ClaspKIA 9 September, 1940 during aerial combat south of Brighton, crashing at Sundown Farm, Ditcham, Hampshire. Source: Jochen Prien. Buried Cannock Chase, Block 6, Gr 157 (M.Croft).
Cannock Chase
80 Becker, sicHptm1Stab I/NJG-101Bf 110G-4, Ju 88C & G
EK 1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a "4 mot" at Karlstuhl on 26 August, 1944. This looks like Hptm Karl Becker, NJG-101 with a second victory.
81 Becker, SiegfriedUffz1Flugzeugführer 1/ZG-2Bf 110C-4 Werk # 3208 "3M + KH" (lost 8/25/40) EK 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
POW 25 August, 1940 after being shot down at Priory Farm, East Holme, near Wareham. He and his gunner, Ogefr Walter Wöpzel (or Wötzel), bailed safely, and taken POW, the victims of F/O Agazarian & Gaunt of 609 Sq. (Bf 110 Loss List). One known victory, his 1st, a Polish P-23 west of Krakau, 12 September, 1939.
82 Becker, W.Uffz4(F)/122Ju 88A-1 (lost)Observer Operational ClaspForce landed 27 May, 1940 after being severely damaged by a fighter, possibly that of F/Lt Pearson of RAF No. 54 Sq.. Only one of the Remaining crew identified; Gefr J. Speck (WIA). Remainder of the crew and pilot disposition unknown. No mention of a POW status. Wiki Luft data.
83 Becker, WalterLt11/15/1919510/JG-5 (12/43), 6/JG-3 (4/44), Stfkpt 6/JG-3 (7/44)Fw 190A-2 & A-3, Bf 109G-2, Bf 109G-14 Werk # Unk "Black 10 + -" (lost 11/2/44)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 2 November, 1944 (Magnus & LOCS). One known victory, his 1st, a Beaufighter on 8 December, 1943. A 2nd, a B-17 in the Helmstedt area on 29 April, 1944. His 3rd, a B-17 on 12 May, 1944, no location. A 4th, a B-24 at Wollin on 29 May, 1944.


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84 Becker, WalterUffz8/StG-77 (Russia)Ju 87B-2 Werk # 5760 (lost)Dive Bomber Operational ClaspKIC 18 December, 1942 SW of Smolensk making an emergency landing after becoming disorientated. The AC sustained 60% damage. His wireless operator, Uffz Karl Heinz Grossmann was injured.
85 Becker, WalterUffzGr. Kampfflierschule-4 (Thorn)Ju 52/3m Werk # 3037 "BR + AL" (85% dam 10/24/41)Transport Operational ClaspHis Ju 52 crashed 24 October, 1941 on the northern slope of Vapenny vrch, Liberec due bad weather icing. Two of the crew were slightly injured (and were not named). Known remaining crew: Uffz Karl Heinz Richter and Uffz Hans Weickert, positions not reported (F.Braun).
86 Becker, Wilhelm WilliFw12/JG-4 (4/44 Italy), 1/JG-4 (1/45 Reich Def) 3/JG-4 (2/45 Reich Def Ost)Bf 109G-6 Werk # 1629_5 (lost 4/30/44), Bf 109G-10 Werk # 491314 (lost 1/14/45), Bf 109K-4 Werk # 332897 (lost 2/10/45) EK 2
Wound Badge
Fighter Operational Clasp
MIA 10 February, 1945, cause unknown, location not reported (Bf 109 Loss List). WIA 14 January, 1945 during aerial combat near Gimmedingen. WIA 30 April, 1944 during aerial combat at Ferrara, bailed safely (JG-4 List). One known victory, a P-38 at Passo di Futa on 25 April, 1944.
87 Becker, WilliFw26/JG-53 (12/44 Malmsheim)Bf 109G-14
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, a P-47 at Haroue, S of Nancy, on 28 September, 1944. His 2nd, a B-26 in the Ardennes sector on 24 December, 1944.
88 Bidlingmaier, DieterLt38/ZG-26Bf 110C
EK 1 & 2
Destroyer Operational Clasp
MIA 25 November, 1941, along with gunner Uffz Becker after aerial combat with P-40s of RAF No. 112 Sq. and RAAF No. 3 Sq., over Sidi Rezegh. Two known victories, both Desert Hurricanes on 5 August, 1941. A third, another Hurricane on 24 November, 1941.
89 Bock, RichardOfw3/KG-55He 111H-6 Werk # 7526 "G1 + GV" (lost 7/31/42)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(1/19/42)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
DK-G Awards List. His H-6 was sd by Beaufighter night fighters off the south coast of England. He and R/O Ofw Wilhelm Becker survived and were taken prisoner. See Karbe, Adalbert for additional detail.
90 Bradel, WalterObstlt7/31/1911Breslau, Carlowitz3/KG-3 (39), Stfkpt 9/KG-2 "Holzhammer", Kdr II/KG-2 (12/41), Kdr KG-2 (1/43 Soesterberg)Do 17Z in 9 Staffel, Do 217E & K in II Grp, Do 217K-1 Werk # 4415 "U5 + AA" (lost 5/5/43)
RK(9/17/41)

Spanish Cross
EP(7/30/41)

EK 1 & 2
Foreign Pilot Badge(Romanian?)
Bomber Operational Clasp
KIC 5 May, 1943; while returning from a mission over Norwich England, the ac suffered engine failure, crash landed near Landsmeer, near Amsterdam. Also killed was Flg Werner Becker, Gnr; Bradel was not piloting on this mission. Remaining crew (Injured): Lt Ernst Andres, pilot; Ogefr Wilhelm Schlagbaum, Obs and Uffz August Dreschler, R/O. RK awarded for successful attacks on Soviet tanks in June, 1941. Alternate spelling: Bradl.
(Added by Pietrzak Youngs)

Bradel (L) presents Knight's Cross to Bornschein (R) Sep 1942
91 Burmeister, MaxUffz1/KG-1 (3/43 S.U.) Ju 88A-4 Werk # 4549 "V4 + LH" (lost 3/2/43) Bomber Operational Clasp KIA with unnamed crew at Merefa, E. Ukraine, 2 March, 1943, cause unknown (Ju 88 Loss List). Added: Remaining crew (KIA): Ogefr Anton Balham, Obs; Ogefr Rudolf Becker (geb 9/21/1920), R/O and Uffz Ewald Meissnerd, Flt Engr (C.König).
92 Decker, WilliOfwWekusta 51 He 111H-3 Werk # 5722 "4T + FH" (lost 4/14/41) Meteorological Operational Clasp MIA 14 April, 1941; sd by a Spitfire of No.152 Sq., piloted by F/Sgt Brooker. The ac ditched at sea off Falmouth, Cornwall, and sank. Remaining crew: Reg.Rat. Georg Gründel, Meteorologist/Obs (MIA); Gefr Horst Steinbrecht (MIA), Ofw Friedrich Zahn (MIA) and Ofw Friedrich Ehlers (geb 5/10/1913 Rendsburg, KIA, bur at Ploudaniel-Lesneven Ger Mil Cem (Fr), Blk 11, Row 2, Gr 32). Source: D.Drury. Name discrepancies: Willi Becker and Friedrich Ehlerns per absa3945.
Plousdaniel-Lesneven, France
93 Dombrowsky, Hans vonHptm3/6/1915Duisburg4(F)/122 Ju 88A-5 Werk # 0699 (lost 7/10/41) Observer Operational ClaspKIC 10 July, 1941 when his ac crashed at Brody in occupied Poland (now Ukraine) due to an engine malfunction. Remaining crew (KIC): Ofw Schirmer, Obs; Fw Becker, R/O and Uffz Hartmann, Gnr. Only the pilot listed in the VDK, and believed buried among the "unknown" in the Ger War Cem at Potelitsch, Ukraine (D.Drury). Alternate spelling: Dombrowski.
94 Eichler, ErichUffz8/KG-27He 111P-2 "1G + ??" (lost 5/11/40)Bomber Operational Clasp KIA 11 May, 1940 after the He 111s wing fractured after heavy enemy fire, and crashed at Steinhude, killing the entire crew. Remaining crew: Gefr Karl Heinz Becker, Obs; Ogefr Georg Lewioda, R/O and Flg Walter Hammerschmidt, Mechanic (Source: Wings to Victory). Added: This action took place near Vlissingen and Middelburg (DVL Loss List).
95 Filsinger, WilhelmOfwFliegerhorst Bad Aibling (believed to be FFS A/B 117)Ju W 34hi Werk # unk "PF + TE" (dam 7/24/41)Transport Operational ClaspThe ac with three blind flying students during an exercise on 24 July, !941. Their instructor, Ofw Filsinger, fell asleep and the students crossed into Swiss airspace, and were hit once by AA fire. The ac successfully landed at Dübendorf. The four occupants were permitted to leave the next day, no word on the ac. Students: Uffz Erich Breitenbach, Gefr Heinz Achilles and Gefr Karl Becker (D.Drury). NOTE: Heinz Achilles and Karl Becker both appear in the Archive as pilots, perhaps those mentioned as students.
96 Fliegel, FritzMaj11/30/1907Berlin Wilmersdorf2/KG-40 (5/40), Stfkpt 2/KG-40 (10/40), Kdr I/KG-40 (4/41)He 111H, Fw 200C-3/U2 Werk # 0043 "F8 + AB" (lost 7/18/41)
RK(3/25/41)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
His Fw 200 reported lost over the Atlantic, northwest of Ireland on18 July, 1941, all 6 crew MIA. The ac crashed at sea after its starboard wing was shot off by ships AA fire. They were attacking the British freighter "Pilar de Larrinaga" of Convoy OB346 (D.Drury). Remaining crew: Lt Wolf Dietrich Kadelke, Co-pilot; Ofw Johannes Rottke, 1st R/O; Gefr Karl Becker, 2nd R/O; Uffz JohannKothe, Flt Engr and Uffz Karl Meurer, Gnr.. Sank seven ships.
(Added by Pietrzak Youngs)
Fliegel flew combat missions over Poland and received the Iron Cross 2nd Class (Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse) on 15 September 1939. In early May 1940 when I. Gruppe (1st group) of Kampfgeschwader 40 (KG 40—40th Bomber Wing), a unit equipped with the long-range Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor reconnaissance and anti-shipping/maritime patrol bomber aircraft, Fliegel was transferred to the 2. Staffel (2nd squadron) of KG 40. The unit initially operated against enemy shipping from airbases in Denmark. There he was awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class (Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse) on 13 May 1940.

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In mid-1940, I. Gruppe relocated to the airbase Bordeaux-Mérignac at the Atlantic coast near Bordeaux in France. In October 1940, he was appointed Staffelkapitän (squadron leader) of 2. Staffel of KG 40. Flying the Fw 200 to its maximum range, I. Gruppe was credited with the destruction of 39 enemy merchant ships totaling 206,000 gross register tons (GRT), further damaging 20 ships of 115,000 GRT. On 6 February 1941, U-37 under the command of Kapitänleutnant (Captain Lieutenant) Nicolai Clausen, spotted convoy HG 53, 19 merchant ships escorted by HMS Velox and Deptford, heading for Liverpool. Clausen reported the sighting, which was relayed to KG 40 by Fliegerführer Atlantik. On 9 February, KG 40 sent five Fw 200s to attack the convoy which was spotted at 4 pm roughly 640 kilometers (400 miles; 350 nautical miles) southwest of Lisbon. In the attack at 35°42′N 14°38′W, the Fw 200's managed to sink five ships (Britannic, Dagmar I, Jura, Tejo and Varna), and Deptford damaged the Fw 200 piloted by Oberleutnant (First Lieutenant) Erich Adam, who managed to fly his aircraft to Spain. U-37 sank three further ships from HG 53. This achievement earned him his first mention in the Wehrmachtbericht, an information bulletin and element of Nazi propaganda issued by the headquarters of the Wehrmacht. Fliegel was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) on 25 March 1941. In mid-April 1941 he was appointed Gruppenkommandeur (group commander) of I. Gruppe of KG 40, replacing Major Edgar Petersen. He was mentioned a second time in the Wehrmachtbericht on 20 June 1941 after the number of enemy shipping destroyed by his Gruppe increased by a further 24 ships, reaching 109 enemy ships sunk. By early 1941 I. Gruppe of KG 40 had five holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross reflecting the success of the Condors in Atlantic Ocean operations. (Source: Wikipedia)


97 Freude, GerhardOgefr10/14/1918Koslitz, Lüben1/KG-54 Ju 88A-1 "B3 + ?H" (lost 8/21/40) Bomber Operational Clasp MIA 21 August, 1940; shot down by RAF Spitfires of 234 Sq., piloted by S/L Joseph O'Brien & P/O Robert Doe. The AC crashed and burned at Hoplands Farm, King's Somborne, near Stockbridge, Hampshire, UK. Remaining crew (all MIA): Oblt Max Dankwart Birkenstock (geb 12/16/1915 Neustettin), Obs; Uffz Rudolf Paul Schulze (geb 9/29/1919 Liegnitz), R/O and Gefr Franz Becker (1/18/1919 Hurth-Koln), Gnr. The crews remains were buried close to where their ac crashed, marked by a memorial stone. Source: KG-54 Archive & D.Drury.
98 Fritsch, HelmutLt9/27/1923Güstrow1/KG-100He 177A-3 Werk # 332394 "6N + BH" (lost 5/8/44)Bomber Operational ClaspKIC 8 May, 1944; crashed at Lechfeld during a non-operational flight, cause not given. Remaining crew: Uffz Eugen Strasser, geb 5/17/1921, (KIC), K.Obs; Uffz Alfred Becker, geb 11/8/1919, (WIC), R/O; Fw Herbert Menge, geb 10/26/1917, (WIC), Wart and Uffz Alois Dullinger, geb 3/3/1917, (WIC), Gunner. Source: B.Bines.
99 Fritz, R.R.UffzLuftflotte-3, 2/Seenot (5/43) Do 24T-3 Werk # 992 "CM + IF" (lost 5/21/43) Air Sea Rescue Operational Clasp His Do 24 crashed at Buiten, near Schellingwoude Holland, on 21 May, 1943, cause and pilot/crew disposition unknown (DeSwart). Added: The cause of the crash reported as Operator error. Uffz Fritz and two others KIC, three others injured. Remaining crew: Oblt W.Rothmann, Obs (KIC, bur Yssel CX-4-97); Uffz E.F.W.Becker, R/O (Inj); Uffz K.Dietel, Mech 1 (Inj); Uffz H.Richstein, Mech 2 (Inj) and Dr,H.Kilp, Obartz (KIC, bur Yssel CX-4-96. Uffz Fritz, Pilot, buried Yssel CX-4-98 (SGLO).
100 Fuchs, FriedrichOgefrStab II/JG-53Bf 109F-2Fighter Operational ClaspKIC 25 December, 1941 as a passenger in a Bf 108, piloted by Uffz Friedrich Becker of 6 Staffel. The crashed into a mountain, killing both. Source: Jochen Prien

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