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||Becker, Martin "Tino"||Hptm||4/12/1916||Wiesbaden.||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|
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. Photo
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.||Operational Record
||Gurklies, Richard Martin ||Uffz||3/7/1923||Kallnuggen||3/Kü.Fl.Gr.-106 (Atlantic)||Ju 88A-4 Werk # 1558 "M2 + LL" (lost 3/23/42)||Observer Operational Clasp||KIA with his observer Oblt Horst Becker 23 March, 1942; sd by flak at Davis Timber Yard, Chesilton, Portland, Dorset (Ju 88 Loss List). Remaining crew (KIA): Gefr Josef Rother and Uffz Helmut Kording. All four crew buried in the Portland Royal Navy Cemetery, graves 717 to 720 (Weltkriegsopfer via D.Drury). Alternate spelling: Gorkelis (Ju 88 Loss List). The tailfin from this crash is located at the Bong Heritage Center in Superior, Wisconsin, USA and is shown to the right |
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For 23.03.1942, 3/Küstenfliegergruppe 106, Ju 88a-4, Werk Nr 1558, M2+LL, Crew, Oblt Horst Becker, Uffz Richard Gurklies, Uffz Helmut Kording and Gefr Josef Rother
Source; The Blitz then and now, Vol 3.
||Heigl, Martin||Fw||6/KG-30 (8/41 Finland, 1/43 Med)||Ju 88A-5 Werk # 0882278 "4D + IP" (lost 8/8/41), Ju 88A-4 Werk # 6132 "??" (lost 1/1/43)||Bomber Operational Clasp||KIC with unnamed crew 1 January, 1943; flew into the ground east of Miarmonte (Ju 88 Loss List). Added: Heigl made a force landing in his A-5 in a bog at Lentokonejänkä Finland on 8 August, 1941due to engine failure. They were later picked up, uninjured, by a Fiesler Storch. Remaining crew: Uffz Gerhard Jabs, Obs; Uffz Häring and Gefr Becker (Flyvrak Norway).||
||Johanssen, Karl-Ludwig||Lt||5/15/1921||Kiel||59||III/NJG-4, I/NJG-6||Bf 110|
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(5/25/44)
EK1 & 2
Night Fighter Operational Clasp in Silver
|Although a radio operator, he did achieve three victories the night of 15 March, 1945, using the rear mounted MG 131. He flew 68 Night missions and participated in 59 victories, all as Martin Beckers RO except one mission. Deceased 11 August, 2009. Photo |
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Captain Becker, commander in a night fighter wing, and his radio operator, Lieutenant Johannsen, brought down to a crash 9 four-engine bombers on the night of 14 to 15 March. When Captain Becker, after the 6 kill could not continue to shoot due to a gun jam, his radio operator, Lieutenant Johannsen, destroyed 3 more Anglo-American bombers.
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