Forced to bail out on a mission on 14 June 1944. Either Returned to Duty (RTD) or became a Prisoner of War (POW). MACR not clear on this point.
In the Missing Aircrew Report (MACR 6053), Second Lieutenant George L Sutcliffe reports that they were going after targets of opportunity near Liseux, France, when they were attacked by 40 Me 109s. He saw a parachute open that he thought belonged to Bechtold.
Units served with
The 368th Fighter Group flew P-47s in combat from England from March 1944. In the days after D-Day the Group supported Allied ground troops fighting in the Cherbourg penisula and then around St. Lo. The Group received a DUC for flying seven missions in...
Military site : airfield
Planned as a grass airfield Relief Landing Ground for RAF Middle Wallop, Chilbolton was used as a fighter and Army Co-operation base during 1940-42. Enlarged and upgraded with a tarmac-surface hard perimeter track, some double blast pens and other...
||14100 Lisieux, France
||14 June 1944