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Robert J Bechtold


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

  • 368th Fighter Group

    368th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 397th Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Chilbolton

    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...


Event Location Date
Bailed out 14100 Lisieux, France 14 June 1944


Date Contributor Update
24 November 2015 10:08:21 Lucy May Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

MACR 6053: