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Lt. Harold Motz's "Lucky Bastard" certificate, a mock award given to bomber crew upon the completion of their combat tour before being rotated back to the U.S. A combat tour was originally conceived to be 25 missions in 1943 but was increased to 30 missions and eventually 35 missions as the crew survival rate improved throughout 1943 and 1944. Harold did return to the United States and was given leave before being assigned to the Air Transport Command for service in the Pacific theater until the end of the war. Although the certificate refers to Harold serving on the bomber "Shack Happy", it appears that he flew only one mission on that aircraft.



  • 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. ...


  • 42-31154 Shack Happy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 25/9/43; Harvard 7/10/43; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 19/10/43; Missing in Action Merseburg 25/11/43 with Norman Wiggin, Ray Hansen, Phil Harper, Andy Bezak, Ken Reynolds, Marvin Olson, Chester Lambert (7 Killed in Action); Phil...


  • 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
13 October 2016 22:43:44 timothymotz Changes to place associations

Timothy Motz, from the estate of Harold Motz, 2016

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2016 22:43:43 timothymotz Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Timothy Motz, from the estate of Harold Motz, 2016