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Harold Charles Becker

Military

Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Steenis crew. 23 x combat missions. Killed instantaneously by flak on Berlin mission in B-17 42-38053 'Hard Luck II' Killed in Action (KIA)

Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Earl Benham

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Steenis crew. Flew on B-17 "Hard Luck" and 'Hard Luck II', 28 x combat missions. Earl later wrote up his wartime experience in the book 'With Crew 13' Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Butchino

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Steenis crew. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Clouthier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Steenis crew, replaced S/Sgt Yarnall (WIA) after Posen mission. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Goodman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Steenis crew. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME..

  • Archie Holladay

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Steenis crew. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 battle star).

  • Jack Ogg

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Sternis crew. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Walter Schneider

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Sternis crew. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lester Torbett

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Steenis crew. 23 x combat missions. Wounded by flak on Berlin mission in B-17 42-38053 'Hard Luck II' 7-May-44; Wounded in Action (WIA) Subsequently grounded due to wounds. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Loren Van Steenis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Flew B-17 "Hard Luck" and 'Hard Luck II'. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Yarnall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Stenis crew. 17 x combat missions. Wounded in hand and shoulder on Poznan mission in B-17 'Hard Luck II', grounded thereafter, taking up instructional role till wars end. Awards: AM, PH.

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Units served with

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3413 'Hard Luck !'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 10/6/43; Dow Fd 18/8/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-V] Thorpe Abbotts 20/8/43; on mission to Berlin 7/5/44 with Loren Van Steenis, Navigator: Harry Becker (Killed in Action), Bombardier: Lester Torbett Wounded in Action, (8 Returned to...

  • 42-38053 JENNY LEE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Wendover 20/12/43; Assigned 457BG Glatton 10/2/44; transferred 349BS/100BG [XR-G] Thorpe Abbotts 21/1/44; soon after t/off to Berlin 7/5/44 with Ralph Wright, Co-pilot: Jack Raper, Navigator: Rich Curran, Bombardier: Carl...

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Fennimore, WI 24 April 1921

Son of Clarence Lester and Edna E. [Edington] Becker.

Enlisted Peoria, IL 1 March 1942
Commissioned Hondo Army Air Field, TX 3 June 1943

Commissioned 2nd Lt, Hondo Army Air Field, Texas

Died Over Berlin 7 May 1944

Killed instantaneously by flak on Berlin mission in B-17 42-38053 'Hard Luck II' Killed in Action (KIA)

Buried 27 September 1948

Cambridge American Cemetery Coton, Cambs, UK
Plot E Row 1 Grave 24

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 June 2021 11:51:34 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310952151
https://www.fold3.com/image/685781607
https://www.fold3.com/record/84386648/harold-c-becker-wwii-army-enlistme...
https://www.fold3.com/record/529899396/harold-c-becker-american-battle-m...
https://www.100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&id=2...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56287689/harold-charles-becker

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2021 01:58:59 acbernstein1 Changes to middlename and events
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Ancestry.com

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02 June 2021 00:29:35 acbernstein1 Changes to person associations
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https://web.archive.org/web/20080208073233/http://www.web-birds.com/8th/...

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2021 00:07:56 ktm Changes to events and aircraft associations
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National Archives

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2021 00:02:52 ktm Changes to service number, awards and unit associations
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National Archives

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology p. 130 Supplement p. 432 , Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces vol 3 pg 650 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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