John Lewis Becker
John Becker was born in Brooklyn, NY in about June of 1917 to Sigrid and Louis Becker. The family was living in Teaneck by 1924 at 40 Garden Street. John's father owned a hardware store. John attended Teaneck High School and played football.
John was a pilot even before his military service and was known for his stunt flying. He initially enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and achieved the rank of Sergeant Pilot. After transferring to the Army Air Force, he became a flight officer with the 6th Fighter Wing.
This courageous Flight Officer died on March 27, 1943 as a result of an aerobatics training accident while piloting a British fighter plane (Spitfire). The plane crashed in England at Kingsnordley, between Quatt and Tuckhill to the South-East of Bridgnorth. Flight Officer Becker is buried at the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial in England.
- 1920 United States Federal Census about John L. Becker
- 1930 United States Federal Census about John L. Becker
- 1940 United States Federal Census about John Becker Junior
- World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas
- U. S. Headstone and Interment Records for U. S Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil, 1942-1949 for John L. Becker
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle from Booklyn Public Library
- Wedding Notice Sigrid Aalbue/Louis Becker (parents) - The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York), Friday, Oct. 13, 1916, page 7
fold3.com (Historical Military Records)
American Battle Monuments Commission Website
National WWII Memorial Website
- National Archives & Records Administration War Department Files - FL O John L. Becker
- Overseas American Cemeteries - John L. Becker
Find A Grave Website