Bechtol, Roy Alph, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 000X, VF-1 High Hatters
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Matthew Christiansen, EODCS to remember Bechtol, Roy Alph (Beck), LTJG.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jun 23, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Northern Mariana Islands
World War II
Location of Interment
Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial WW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II Fallen
  1944, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  1944, WW II Memorial National Registry
  1944, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  1944, World War II Fallen

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 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
VF-1 High Hatters
  1943-1944, 000X, VF-1 High Hatters
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
 Colleges Attended 
Texas Tech University
  1939-1943, Texas Tech University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Though listed as MIA for over 60 years, Lt.jg Roy Alph Bechtol's "Hellcat" was found on remote Pagan Island, Northern Marianas in 2006.

He served with the U.S. Navy’s VF-1 "High Hatter" fighter squadron. Prior to his loss, he "had participated in six fighter sweeps and attacks on the Marianas, two in the Bonins, and (on June 19th, The Great Marianas Turkey Shoot) in which he shot down two Jap(anese) fighters for a total of four to his credit, and made a bombing run on the enemy fleet."  On a combat mission over Pagan Island on 23 June 1944, his F6-F Grumman was hit many times by Japanese anti-aircraft fire during his strafing and bomb runs over the island, causing his aircraft to crash directly into the ground.

He was listed as MIA, though it was apparent from those who flew with him and saw him go in that he did not survive the crash. 

A memorial stone was set for him in Austin Memorial Park Cemetery, Texas in his memory placed on his sister's tombstone.


"Moore's Marauders: Finding a Few Good Men and Women", Leatherneck Magazine, March 2010, pp. 33-36.


Naval Muster records show then Ens. Roy A Bechtol as a Naval aviator and passenger aboard the USS White Plains (16 January 1944) along with 17 other pilots of VF1 Squadron. Listed as sailing to "Dangerous Waters".  

The USS White Plains (CVE-66) was an Casablanca class escort carrier.
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