Thomas Charles (?) Diamond

Military

Object Number - UPL 23903 - Stamped on the reverse, "OFFICIAL/ Air Force Photograph/ May 1944/ Army Air Base/ Alexandria, La." Alexandria, Louisiana was the site of the...

Thomas Diamond served as a top turret gunner in the Westrope crew with the 708th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Rattlesden, England.

The 8th Air Force reduced bomber crews from 10 to 9 at the end of July, 1944, eliminating one waist gunner. Shortly after that, Diamond’s name no longer appears among the Westrope crew members in the loading lists for bombing missions. Another Thomas Diamond is listed as belonging to the 487th Bomb Group and it is possible that Thomas Diamond was transferred from the 447th to the 487th, but I t isn’t known whether the two Thomas Diamonds are actually one and the same person.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 447th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade)
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Bombardier, Pilot, Comptroller
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37536427
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Lower Ball Turret Gunner/Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O 717 475
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Due Back
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Blanco Diablo
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Swanee Pride
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ground Pounder
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Shack Happy
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 19 July 1944
  • Official Description: More than 1,100 Heavy Bombers, operating in 5 forces, attack targets in Germany, including 2 plants producing hydrogen peroxide (an ingredient in V-weapon fuels), a chemical plant, 2 aircraft factories, 4 ball bearing plants, 6 Marshalling Yards, 4...

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Hanging Rock, OH, USA

Died

Ironton, OH, USA

Revisions

Date3 Mar 2020 20:45:58
Contributortimothymotz
Sources

Timothy Motz

Date3 Mar 2020 20:42:24
Contributortimothymotz
Date3 Mar 2020 20:39:49
Contributortimothymotz
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Timothy Motz

Date6 Mar 2017 22:01:00
Contributortimothymotz
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Timothy Motz, from 447th loading lists

Date5 Feb 2017 19:26:42
Contributortimothymotz
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Timothy Motz; from a mission list kept by Harold Motz, compared with Doyle Shields, "History of the 447th Bomb Group"

Date5 Feb 2017 19:17:08
Contributortimothymotz
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Timothy Motz

Date15 Jan 2017 23:10:28
Contributortimothymotz
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Likely birth and death dates and locations added by Timothy Motz:
http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Diamond&GSfn=Thomas&G…;
Address in Hanging Rock, Ohio listed in "Pictorial History of the 447th Bombardment Group" (1945)

Date13 Oct 2016 23:20:45
Contributortimothymotz
Sources

Timothy Motz, from notes on a crew photo from Harold Motz, 2016

Date27 Sep 2014 18:25:44
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit History Roster, Enlisted Men, as of 01 August 1945

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