Martin "Tino" Becker
Hauptmann

Martin Becker

    Martin “Tino” Becker was born on 12 April 1916 at Wiesbaden in Hesse. Becker’s service with the Luftwaffe began in 1940 flying with an unknown reconnaissance unit. He flew 27 reconnaisance missions. In early 1943, Becker transferred to the Nachtjagd, being posted to 11./NJG 4. On 1 August, 11./NJG 4 was redesignated 2./NJG 6. Becker scored his first victory on the night of 22/23 September 1943. On 17 October 1943, Becker was appointed Staffelkapitän of 2./NJG 6. He shot down three RAF bombers on the night of 20-21 December to record his 4th through 6th victories and began a series of multiple victories that included four victories on the night of 19/20 February 1944 (7-10) and six on the night of 22/23 March (13-18). On the night of 30/31 March 1944, Becker and his crew took off from Mainz Finthen at 23:45. Between 00:20 and 00:50 they shot down three RAF Lancaster and three RAF Halifax four-engine bombers in the area of Wetzlar and Fulda. On their way back to home base they shot down another Halifax over Luxemburg at 3:15. Becker was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 20 April 1944 for 26 victories. Becker’s series of multiple victories continued with three enemy aircraft shot down on each of the nights of 26/27 April and 27/28 April. On the night of 28/29 July, he claimed four and, on the night 25/26 August, he claimed a futher three (39-41). Becker was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of IV./NJG 6 on 20 October 1944. He had 43 victories to his credit at this time. On the night of 21/22 February 1945, he shot down three enemy aircraft (46-48).  Becker’s crowning achievement, and a Nachtjagd record, came on the night of 14/15 March 1945, when he claimed nine Lancaster bombers (49-57), including three shot down by his crewman Karl Johanssen with his MG 131 rearward facing armament. Becker recorded his 58th and last, victory on the night of 16/17 March. Hauptmann Becker was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr 792) on 20 March.
    Martin Becker flew 83 nightfighting missions, in which he shot down 58 enemy aircraft, mostly four-engine bombers.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
23.9.1943
23:21
Lancaster I./NJG 6 Speyer
2
18.11.1943
20:44
Stirling I./NJG 6 Maheinkeil
3
18.11.1943
21:05
Halifax I./NJG 6 Rimbach
4
20.12.1943
19:50
Lancaster I./NJG 6 12km NW Bad Nauheim
5
20.12.1943
19:52
Halifax I./NJG 6 Near Weilmünster
6
20.12.1943
19:55
Halifax I./NJG 6 Hintermeilingen
7
20.2.1944
2:59
Viermot 2./NJG 6 Harber
8
20.2.1944
3:02
Halifax 2./NJG 6 SE Celle
9
20.2.1944
3:20
Halifax 2./NJG 6 SW Stendal
10
20.2.1944
4:18
Lancaster 2./NJG 6 SW Leizip / Lancaster III (JB469) “EA-B” of 49 Sqn, RAF flown by F/Sgt E White, 7 killed
11
25.2.1944
21:30
Lancaster 2./NJG 6 12km E Luneville
12
25.2.1944
21:49
Lancaster 2./NJG 6 Roggenbach
13
22.3.1944
21:42
Viermot 2./NJG 6 Hamm-Paderborn
14
22.3.1944
21:53
Halifax 2./NJG 6 Paderborn area
15
22.3.1944
22:10
Viermot 2./NJG 6 130° Frankfurt-Main
16
22.3.1944
22:29
Viermot 2./NJG 6 NW Frankfurt-Main
17
22.3.1944
22:38
Halifax 2./NJG 6 NW Frankfurt-Main
18
22.3.1944
22:39
Halifax 2./NJG 6 ca. 150km NW Frankfurt-Main
19
24.3.1944
22:35
Viermot 2./NJG 6 15km E Reuden
20
31.3.1944
0:20
Halifax 2./NJG 6 190° von FF Kurfürst / Lancaster III (ND466) of 156 Sqn, RAF flown by S/L P R Goodwin , 4 killed, 4 POW
21
31.3.1944
0:23
Halifax 2./NJG 6 Leuchburg-Kln KK SE / Lancaster III (ND535) of 106 Sqn, RAF flown by P/O R Starkey, 6 killed, 1 POW
22
31.3.1944
0:33
Halifax 2./NJG 6 320° ~ FF Otto / Lancaster III (ND640) “OF-B” of 97 Sqn, RAF flown by F/Lt LV Hyde, 7 killed
23
31.3.1944
0:35
Halifax 2./NJG 6 320° ~ FF Otto: KK SE / Halifax III (LV857) of 51 Sqn, RAF flown by Sgt JPG Binder, 7 killed
24
31.3.1944
0:40
Halifax 2./NJG 6 330° ~ FF Otto / Halifax III (LW555) of 640 Sqn, RAF flown by P/O CE O’Brien, 7 killed
25
31.3.1944
0:50
Lancaster 2./NJG 6 350° ~ FF Otto / Halifax III (MZ504) of 432 Sqn, RAF flown by F/O CR Narum, 4 killed, 3 POW
26
31.3.1944
3:15
Halifax 2./NJG 6 NW Kettenbürg / Halifax (LK800) of 429 Sqn, RAF flown by P/O KH Bowly, all crew baled out, 5 POW, 2 evaded
27
25.4.1944
0:58
Halifax 2./NJG 6 SW Karlsrühe
28
27.4.1944
1:30
Viermot 2./NJG 6 FF "Christa"
29
27.4.1944
1:36
Lancaster 2./NJG 6 Stuttgart
30
27.4.1944
-
Viermot 2./NJG 6 -
31
28.4.1944
1:35
Halifax 2./NJG 6 Near FF "Christa"
32
28.4.1944
1:57
Lancaster 2./NJG 6 SW Bremen
33
28.4.1944
-
Viermot 2./NJG 6 -
34
26.7.1944
2:10
Lancaster 2./NJG 6 W Stuttgart
35
29.7.1944
1:25
Lancaster 2./NJG 6 270° Fu.F. “Christa”
36
29.7.1944
1:35
Lancaster 2./NJG 6 AP Fu.F. “Christa”
37
29.7.1944
1:45
Lancaster 2./NJG 6 180° Strausbourg
38
29.7.1944
2:04
Lancaster 2./NJG 6 Pforzheim-Calw
39
26.8.1944
0:50
Lancaster 2./NJG 6 F.F. “Otto” 220°
40
26.8.1944
1:08
Lancaster 2./NJG 6 S F.F. “Otto” 240°
41
26.8.1944
1:15
Halifax 2./NJG 6 S F.F. “Otto” 230°
42
12.9.1944
22:45
Lancaster 2./NJG 6 Frankfurt Main
43
12.9.1944
22:53
Lancaster 2./NJG 6 -
44
2/3.1.1945
-
Lancaster Stab IV./NJG 6 -
45
2/3.1.1945
-
Lancaster Stab IV./NJG 6 -
46
21/22.1.1945
-
Viermot Stab IV./NJG 6 -
47
21/22.1.1945
-
Viermot Stab IV./NJG 6 -
48
21/22.1.1945
-
Viermot Stab IV./NJG 6 -
49
15.3.1945
21:53
Lancaster Stab IV./NJG 6 SE Erfurt
50
15.3.1945
21:59
Lancaster Stab IV./NJG 6 Weimar-Naumburg
51
15.3.1945
22:03
Lancaster Stab IV./NJG 6 Naumburg
52
15.3.1945
22:05
Lancaster Stab IV./NJG 6 Naumburg
53
15.3.1945
22:06
Lancaster Stab IV./NJG 6 Naumburg
54
15.3.1945
22:15
Lancaster Stab IV./NJG 6 Jenna
55
15.3.1945
23:00
Lancaster Stab IV./NJG 6 NE Schwabisch Hall
56
15.3.1945
23:15
Lancaster Stab IV./NJG 6 Near Unterschlauersbach
57
15.3.1945
23:37
B-17 Stab IV./NJG 6 Near Crailsheim
58
16.3.1945
21:35
Lancaster Stab IV./NJG 6 30-50km W Nürnberg / Lancaster I (NG492) “PM-D” of 103 Sqn, RAF flown by F/L Stephamoff, 7 killed

Victories : 58
Awards : Ehrenpokal (15 May 1944)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (25 May 1944)
                Ritterkreuz (20 April 1944)
                Eichenlaub (20 March 1945)
Units : NJG 4, NJG 6

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