|Birth: ||Aug. 21, 1921|
|Death: ||Nov. 18, 2001|
VIRGINIA BEACH - Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Walter R. "Mike" Beckett Jr., 80, died Nov. 18, 2001, in a local hospital.
Born in Norfolk, he graduated from Maury High School and West Point in June 1943. He served with the 8th Air Force in World War II as a B-24 pilot and wing commander. He went down over Germany in 1944 and survived a month at Gestapo Headquarters in Berlin and spent a year at Stalag Luft I as a POW. He received a Purple Heart for combat wounds and numerous commendations for his service in the U.S. Air Force. After he was liberated, he did graduate work at the University of Illinois. He then served at the Pentagon, various Air Force bases, and spent three years in Paris as liaison between the U.S. Embassy and NATO. Upon retirement, he worked for NASA on the Apollo 13 project and later became a stockbroker. He was an avid golfer and gin rummy player, and was a member of Mensa, Intertel, and the Princess Anne Country Club.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Charlotte Jeanne Carter ''Dixie'' Beckett; two daughters, Charlotte Craft of Helena, Mont., and Anne Stuart Beckett of Roanoke, Va.; two sons, Carter Beckett and his wife Thea of Santa Fe, N.M., and Robert Beckett and his wife Sally of Virginia Beach; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Theresa's Chapel, Fort Story. The family will also receive friends after the service in the Men Lounge at the Princess Anne Country Club.
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Command Pilot Capt Walter R.Beckett, POW Virginia Bch, VA
Squadron: 564th BS 389th Bomb Group
Service # 36444088
Awards: Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
Pilot Capt William P.Bates, KIA Minneapolis, MN
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#: 7492
Date Lost: 7-Jul-44
Serial Number: 42-51144
Aircraft Model B-24HSH-25-DT
Aircraft Letter: A
Location: 20 miles N. of Halle
Cause: AA damage led to mid-air collision with 492nd BG B-24 10 KIA, 3 POW
Notes: This aircraft was leading the 453rd BG & 2nd CW when at 0927 it collided head-on with an unidentified B-24 of another group. Both aircraft went down. Three chutes observed.
Five aircraft are lost on a mission to Halle, Germany
Walter Rae Beckett (1886 - 1956)
Daisy C Beckett (1888 - 1977)
Charlotte Jeanne Carter Beckett (1926 - 2006)
June Beckett Morris (1911 - 1978)*
Louise Beckett Harrell (1915 - 1981)*
Walter Rae Beckett (1921 - 2001)
Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery
Virginia Beach City
Created by: Dottie
Record added: Sep 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76039120
Added: Jun. 22, 2014