|Born||September 10, 1887|
|Died||21 April 1970(aged 82)|
|Place of birth||Tribus, Upper Silesia, Germany|
|Unit||FA 2, FA 57, Schutzstaffel 11, Kampfgeschwader 5, Jagdstaffel 12|
|Commands held||Jagdstaffel 12|
|Awards||House Order of Hohenzollern, Iron Cross First and Second Class|
Early life[edit | edit source]
Hermann Becker was born on 10 September 1887 in Tribus, Upper Silesia.
World War I service[edit | edit source]
Becker joined the air force in 1916 as an aerial observer on the Eastern Front. After completing his pilot's training, Becker moved to KG 5 and Schutzstaffel 11 in France where he was involved in action at the Somme and Verdun. On 12 January 1917, he was awarded the First Class Iron Cross, having been previously given the Second Class award.
In May 1917, Becker transferred to Jagdstaffel 12 to fly fighter aircraft. He scored his first aerial victory on 6 June 1917. On 16 June 1917 he was wounded in action fighting No. 60 Squadron RFC and was unable to fly for several months. He would not resume his string of victories until 23 September 1917.
On 13 July 1918, with 11 victories to his credit, he was promoted to squadron command as a Staffelführer and continued to have success in part because he was issued a Fokker D VII. His second victory on 26 September 1918 was especially memorable; when he set an Airco DH.4 afire, the observer leaped overboard without a parachute just as the bomber exploded. Becker made his 23rd kill on 3 November 1918, when he and his wingmen shot down five SPADs in five minutes. Becker was nominated for a Pour le Mérite medal, but never received the Blue Max because of the abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm on 9 November, he never received it.
Post World War I[edit | edit source]
Hermann Becker survived the war but nothing more is known of him.
Decorations and awards[edit | edit source]
- Prussian military pilot badge
- Iron Cross (1914), 1st and 2nd class
- Knight's Cross of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern with Swords (15 May 1918)
- nominated for Pour le Mérite
References[edit | edit source]
- Franks, Norman; Bailey, Frank W.; Guest, Russell. Above the Lines: The Aces and Fighter Units of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service and Flanders Marine Corps, 1914–1918. Grub Street, 1993. ISBN 0-948817-73-9, ISBN 978-0-948817-73-1.
- — Fokker D.VII Aces of World War I Part I, Osprey Publishing, 2003. ISBN 1841765333, 978-1841765334.
Endnotes[edit | edit source]
- The Aerodrome website http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/germany/becker.php
- Franks et al, pp. 68-69.
- Franks 2003 pp. 53-55.
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