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TSGT George J Becker

TSGT George J Becker

Birth
New York, USA
Death 18 Jun 1944 (aged 21)
At Sea
Burial East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Plot H, 9735
Memorial ID 2614395 · View Source
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George served as a Technical Sergeant & Engineer on B-24J "Sweat'er Gal" (#44-40053), 859th Bomber Squadron, 492nd Bomber Group, Eighth Air Force, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Nassau County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on November 27, 1942 in New York City, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Mechanic and also as Single, without dependents.

While on a mission to bomb a airfield near Luneburg they were attacked by German Me-109's which damaged their B-24. On their return flight they were again hit by enemy flak. They got within 12 miles of the English Coast when, due to the damage they had sustained, the decision was made to bail out and when their B-24 hit the water it exploded. Only two airmen were saved and the remains of one was recovered.

George was "Killed In Action", and it was his remains that were recovered. He was awarded the Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart, and a Presidental Citation.

He was originally interred in England and was later repatriated here on July 23, 1948.

Service # 12190316

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Airmen who perished on B-24J (#44-40053):

Becker, George J., T/Sgt, Engineer, New York
Brown, Jack R., T/Sgt, Tail Gunner, Arkansas
Devine, George H., S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, Delaware
Higgins, John M., FO, Co-Pilot, Massachusetts
Knight, Lester W., 2nd Lt, Navigator, Missouri
Kuhn, Howard C., T/Sgt, Radio Operator, California
Roads, Carl B. Jr., 1st Lt, Pilot, Ohio
Taylor, Robert E., 2nd Lt, Bombardier, Texas

Airmen who survived:

David, Morton E., S/Sgt, Waist Gunner
Polzin, Gerald A., S/Sgt, Nose Gunner

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )

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Inscription

TSGT
859 AAF BOMB SQ
WORLD WAR II


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 3 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2614395
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for TSGT George J Becker (13 Feb 1923–18 Jun 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2614395, citing Long Island National Cemetery, East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .