|Birth: ||Nov. 13, 1918|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 1, 1944|
Private First Class Becker was an aerial
gunner aboard U.S. Army Air Corps TB-24J
Liberator #42-78522, serving with the 421st
Base Unit from Muroc Army Airfield
(now Edwards Air Force Base) California.
During a gunnery and formation training
flight over Death Valley, his bomber was
collided with at 20,000 feet by B-24D
#42-72862, which was co-piloted by
Rex R Phillips .
Both aircraft fell to earth, Becker's craft
disintegrated in flight and only one crew
member escaped, when the top turret canopy
came apart, and he was able to parachute and
landed safely with only minor injuries.
The sixteen remaining airmen aboard both
planes perished when they crashed on the
salt flats, west of Furnace Creek.
The airmen killed aboard Becker's aircraft:
2nd Lt. Ernest J Chapman , pilot
2nd Lt. William F Johansen , co-pilot
Flt. Off. Eugene E Hechtman , Navigator
Flt. Off. John H Tilson , Bombadier
Cpl. Louis Bartlett , gunner
Cpl. Arlington S Leininger , engineer
Cpl. Richard A Lira , radio operator
PFC Ted W Srygley , gunner
Note: Entered the service from New York; ASN 42022291
Pleasant Valley Cemetery
New York, USA
Created by: Tim Cook
Record added: Sep 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76944232
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Died in the service of his country on this date 70 years ago in aviation accident over Death Valley California aboard B-24J Liberator #42-78522|
Added: Aug. 1, 2014
Added: Sep. 26, 2012