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Hermann Becker
Born (1887-09-10)September 10, 1887
Died 21 April 1970(1970-04-21) (aged 82)
Place of birth Tribus, Upper Silesia, Germany
Allegiance German Empire
Service/branch Luftstreitkräfte
Rank Leutnant
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

Leutnant Hermann Becker (10 September 1887 – 21 April 1970), was a World War I German fighter ace credited with 23 victories.[1]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Hermann Becker was born on 10 September 1887 in Tribus, Upper Silesia.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2][3]

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]

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Endnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. The Aerodrome website http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/germany/becker.php
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Franks et al, pp. 68-69.
  3. Franks 2003 pp. 53-55.

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