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Richard Joe Becerra Jr



Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-37917 Pauline

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered to Cheyenne 5/6/44; Kearney 18/6/44; Grenier 30/6/44; Assigned to the 545BS/384BG, squadron code JD-B, Grafton Underwood on 17/7/44; transferred with the group to Istres, France for passenger duties (Project Green); Salvaged 31/12/45. PAULINE...

  • 43-37971

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/6/44; Kearney 21/6/44; Grenier 12/7/44; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-T] Grafton Underwood 17/7/44. ...

  • 43-38016 LORRAINE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/6/44; Kearney 27/6/44; Grenier 9/7/44; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-R] Grafton Underwood 23/7/44; force landed Ridgewell 2/12/44 with Bob Fisher; transferred with the 384th Bombardment Group (H) to Istres, France for passenger duties...

  • 43-38673

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/8/44; Hunter 5/9/44; Grenier 15/9/44; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-L] Grafton Underwood 28/10/44; transferred with group to Istres on mapping duties; landing accident at Erding A/fd, Germany with Don Thompson 28/7/45; Salvaged 4/10/45.

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born California, USA 1920
Enlisted Los Angeles, CA, USA 19 February 1943

Private, Branch Immaterial

Assigned Grafton Underwood, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14, UK 16 July 1944

Assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group, 545th Bombardment Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #139 dated 16 July 1944, Clifford F. McDaniel Jr. Crew. 35 combat missions.


Date Contributor Update
16 February 2020 18:47:03 bombercommand Changes to media associations

Date Contributor Update
06 April 2016 00:13:34 bombercommand Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, role, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations

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27 September 2014 18:22:38 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /