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Lawrence Edwin Becker

Military

Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat missions. ETD.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

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  • Andrew Creo

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 44 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Killed in B-29 mid air collision.

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107004

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 23/1/44; Kearney 14/2/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-S] Kimbolton 23/3/44; battle damaged Frankfurt 5/11/44 with ?; Salvaged 2 SAD 7/11/44.

  • 42-107146 Mairzy Doats

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 6/3/44; Gr Island 12/3/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; ...

  • 42-31083 Tenny Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; ...

  • 42-31085 Anita Marie / Mehitabel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/9/43; Gr Island 1/10/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-D] Kimbolton 6/10/43; transferred 525BS [FR-D]; Missing in Action Leipzig 7/7/44 with John Riedman, Navigator: Dave Sarfaty, Radio Operator: Edmund Moreno, Ball turret gunner: Pete...

  • 42-31228 London Avenger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Romulus 24/10/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-G] Kimbolton 22/11/43; with Keith Phinney crash landed into Duxford base quarters, 4 CREW & 5 EM killed 21/1/45; Salvaged 2 SAD Lt Staughton 25/1/45. LONDON...

  • 42-37859

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 24/9/43; Gr Island 2/10/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG Kimbolton 19/10/43; force landed Gr Island, Ne with Don McMillan 1/11/43; with Herb Wright force landed St Angelo, Nth Ireland 12/2/44; Missing in Action Leipzig 8/7/44 with Willis Jones,...

  • 42-38161 SARA JANE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/1/44; Kearney 14/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BF [FR-O] Kimbolton 19/2/44; Missing in Action Berlin 7/5/44 with Clarry Darnell, Co-pilot: John Jones, Radio Operator: Tom Wilkens, Ball turret gunner: Bill Snider, Waist gunner: Lewis Rule...

  • 42-38183 The Lost Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/1/44; Albuquerque 12/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-C] Kimbolton 10/2/44; then 524BS [WA-G] ; flak battle damaged, crash landed Magdeburg 28/9/44 with Stan Bailey, Co-pilot: Sumner Alpert, Navigator: Jim Rung, Bombardier: Bill Coles,...

  • 42-39789

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 31/8/43; Scott 19/9/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-F] Kimbolton 19/10/43; then 526BS [LF-W]; transferred 487BG Lavenham 15/7/44; retUS 1103 Morrison 31/1/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 4/10...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Exeter, NE 10 August 1922

Son of John Henry and Gertrude Elizabeth [Emanuel] Becker.

Based Kimbolton March 1944 – June 1944

Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Enlisted 5 November 1966

Re-enlisted USAF.

Discharged USAF 31 January 1970

Honourable discharge.

Died Nebraska, USA 28 October 1976
Buried Fir Lane Memorial Park, Spanaway, Pierce County, WA 30 October 1976

Fir Lane Memorial Park
Spanaway, Pierce County, WA

Buried Woodbine Cemetery Valley City, Barnes County, ND November 1976

Memorialised
Woodbine Cemetery
Valley City, Barnes County, ND

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