New England Air Museum
Robert Eugene Becker

Robert E. Becker, 1943

Recent Address:

14020 Dauphin Island Parkway, Coden, AL 36523-2912



Family Information:

Parents: Franklin and Gerouldine; Wife: Joan; Children: Jamie Ann, R. Jason (deceased 12/90); Sibling: G. Virginia


Hornell, NY

Date Entered Service:

September 30, 1942

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Smoky Hill AAF, Salina, KS (October, 1943)

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:



Palembang, Sumatra from India as Senior Gunner, rest of missions flown from West Field, Tinian to end of war as tail gunner.


Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Unit Citation with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal with 7 campaign Stars

Service Schools Attended:

Aircraft Armorers (Bombardment) Jun 1943;
75mm Aircraft Cannon Jun 1943;
General Electric Fire Control Systems Oct 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 580-Remote Control Turret Machine Gunner

Rank Upon Discharge:


Crew Type:

Flight crew and Ground crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-24879 Ready Betty. Worked on line with Lew Dawson's crew - India.

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:

October 13, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:


Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Went to school on GI Bill: Alfred University in Alfred, NY -- B.S. in 1949;
Kansas University in Lawrence, KS -- M.A. in 1953.
Microbiologist -- Retired from Food & Drug Administration, Dauphin Island, AL in 1987. Worked in Kansas, Iowa, Alaska, Texas and Alabama.


Mr. Becker passed away December 19th 2008 and is buried at Arkport Heritage Hill Cemetery in Arkport, NY


Bob Becker and "Shoes," Tinian, 1945


Commander Robert Becker, Baton Rouge, LA, 1998


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