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Robert William Bechtel


Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37816 'Big Stupe.' Evaded, E&E Report #845.


Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-37816 BIG STUPE V

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 10/9/43; Gr Island 27/9/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-S] Grafton Underwood 18/10/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 13/4/44 with Francis (Farris) Heffley, Navigator: Lou Carini, Radio Operator: Bill Shade, Waist gunner: Ralph Gatzman...


  • 301

    13 April 1944

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA 22 March 1923
Enlisted Pittsburgh, PA, USA 4 July 1942

Private, Air Corps

Transferred 1944

Transferred from the 813th Bombardment Squadron, 482nd Bombardment Group to the 545th Bombardment Squadron, 384th Bombardment Group. He flew twelve combat missions with the 813th Bomb Squadron between 15 May 1943 and 8 February 1944 before his transfer to the 545th Bomb Squadron.

Evaded Germany 13 April 1944


Date Contributor Update
05 April 2016 20:23:13 bombercommand Changes to events

Escape and Evasion Report #845.

Date Contributor Update
05 April 2016 20:13:02 bombercommand Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:14 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3868 / MACR 3868, / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database