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Karl Edmund Becker Sr

Military

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Returned from mission in B-17G 42-97890 'Lil Satan' after direct hit to nose of A/C. Returned to Duty (RTD). 25-Jun-44. MACR 6738.

Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Alexander Andrews

    Military | General | Observer | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 3 x combat missions. Returned from mission in B-17G 42-97890 'Lil Satan' after direct hit to nose of A/C. Returned to Duty (RTD). 25-Jun-44. MACR 6738. ...

  • George Brittain

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Evans

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 5 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-17 42-97890 'Lil Satan'. A/C hit in nose by direct flak hit. Partially deafened by blast, baled out on 'prepare to bale' order. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 6738. ...

  • James Lalonde

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: AM, DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Arthur Maatta

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x combat missions. Fatally wounded on mission to Coulanges, France. A/C B-17G 42-97890 'Lil Satan' hit in nose by direct flak hit. Severely wounded in both legs and with internal injuries, died of wounds prior to...

  • Francis Phillips

    Military | Sergeant | Airplane Armorer-Gunner; Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Coulanges Sur Yonne, France (Bridge) mission 25 June 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 6738. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Patrick Rawls

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Simoncini

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner ; Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission in B-17G 42-97680 'Lil Satan' Baled out after direct hit to nose of A/C. Prisoner of War (POW). 25-Jun-44. MACR 6738. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x combat missions. Returned from mission in B-17G 42-97890 'Lil Satan' after direct hit to nose of A/C. Returned to Duty (RTD). 25-Jun-44. MACR 6738. ...

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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...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107014 'Lucy'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/1/44; Kearney 15/2/44; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-K] Kimbolton 30/3/44; Missing in Action Zeitz 30/11/44 with Bob Puckett, Don Childes, Chas Ingraham, George Reedy, Bob Salley, Roman Yriarte, Alvin Hirschi, Jarvis Williams, Attilio...

  • 42-97890 'Queen of Hearts' "L'il Satan"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 27/3/44; Kearney 22/5/44; Grenier 29/5/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-U] Kimbolton 12/6/44 LIL SATAN; returning from Toulouse flak hit blew off nose 25/6/44 with Karl Becker; Navigator: Bob Evans, Bombardier: Arthur Maataa (2 Killed in...

Missions

  • 142

    25 June 1944
    From his mission list for the 385th/548th, this is mission #142. The target says "French Supply." He was on Peterson's Crew.

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 Ravenna, OH 6 November 1915

Son of Clara H Becker.

Lived in Wichita, KS 1942
Enlisted Omaha, NE 18 June 1942

Omaha, Nebraska

Based Kimbolton 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Wichita, KS 14 October 2006
Buried Ascension Cemetery Bel Aire, Sedgwick County, KS 20 October 2006

Ascension Cemetery
Bel Aire,
Sedgwick County, KS

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 June 2019 16:11:58 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29100248
https://www.fold3.com/record/35761839-karl-e-becker
https://www.fold3.com/record/84633014-karl-e-becker
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/23837413/karl-edmund-becker

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000/379th Bombardment Group (H) Anthology, 1942-45; p. 159, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces vol 3 pg 661; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 311

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