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Mission Map for 8th Air Force mission #492, St. Lo, on July 24, 1944, from Harold Motz, navigator on the Westrope crew, 708th Squadron, 447th bomb group. Harold's notes on the back of this map describe the mission as "front lines".



  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 708th Bomb Squadron


  • Harold Motz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Harold Motz served as a navigator with the 708th squadron, 447th Bomb Group, 3rd Air Division, 8th Air Force and was based at Rattlesden, England -- about 50 miles east of Cambridge. ...


  • 492

    24 July 1944
    Bombed enemy troop concentrations and thus assisted the Allied breakthrough at St. Lo. About 1500 planes of US went to St. Lo in Cherbourg. We came back with our bombs. Couldn't find the target.


  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...

  • St Nicholas, Rattlesden

    Other location

  • Rattlesden Gliding Club

    Other location


Date Contributor Update
05 February 2017 20:09:00 timothymotz Changes to person associations

Timothy Motz

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2016 01:30:53 timothymotz Changes to place associations

Timothy Motz, from estate of Harold Motz, 2016

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2016 01:30:51 timothymotz Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations

Timothy Motz, from estate of Harold Motz, 2016