Becker, Wilhelm

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Becker, Wilhelm, born 27-10-1897 in Hanau, joined the Army as a Fähnrich, age 17, on 06-12-1914 in the 88th Infantry Regiment and followed with success a pilot training  from 19-02-1916 until 18-07-1916 and came to the Field Flying Battalion to 05-12-1916. He ended the first war as a pilot with the 30th Fighter Squadron . He remained in the new Reichswehr Luftwaffe and transferred in Hermann Goering´s  (did you know) new Luftwaffe as adviser in the RLM  on 01-12-1933. As an Oberstleutnant he was Department Chief in the Economic Staff RKM until 31-01-1938. Meanwhile an Oberst he was Department Chief in the Economic Staff to 31-10-1942 and following the Chief of the Field Economics Office, OKW  until 18-09-1944, the start of Operation Market Garden, (see Jack Brook)
Dick Winters   and he landed in the Führer Reserve , not used anymore until the end of the war.

Death and burial ground of Becker, Wilhelm.

Becker remained in captivity until 1947 and released he lived in Göttingen like many Generals. Becker, not a real battlefield General during the second war, died at the age of 66, on 09-01-1964 and is buried on the Stadtfriedhof of Göttingen close the next Generals, as Generalleutnant der Flakartillerie, Kommandeur Heeres Gruppe IV, Curd Bernard Generalleutnant der Artillerie, Kommandeur 34th Division, Friedrich Bremer, General der Panzertruppe, Kommandeur 4th Panzer Grenadier Division ,Fritz Graser , Generalleutnant der Infantrie, Kommandeur der 83th Infanterie Division , Wilhelm Heun, General der Infanterie, Commander 4th Heeresgruppe, Friedsrich Hossbach, Generalmajor der Artillerie, Kommandeur 33rdArtillerie Ersatz Regiment, Emiel Klie, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur Heeres Regio 593, Walter Krause, Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Erwin Leister General der Flieger, Inspector of Smook Troops and Gas defence, Erich Quade and Generalmajor der Artillerie, Kommandeur vom WBK Königsberg II,  Rudolf Scheller
The 83rd Division formed the final rearguard defending the Pillau harbour mole on 25 April  under command then of the divisional commander Generalmajor Maximilian Wengler.   Wengler, age 55 and members of his staff were killed by an aerial bomb on 25-04-1945, when the last German position was being held by Generalmajor Karl Henke  . Henke died 27-04-1945, age 48. Other parts of the division surrendered to Soviet forces on the Hela peninsula.

 

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