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Sottevast is a commune in Normandy in north-western France.

The church of Saint-Hermeland
The church of Saint-Hermeland
Sottevast is located in France
Location within Normandy region
Sottevast is located in Normandy
Coordinates: 49°31′25″N 1°35′35″W / 49.5236°N 1.5931°W / 49.5236; -1.5931Coordinates: 49°31′25″N 1°35′35″W / 49.5236°N 1.5931°W / 49.5236; -1.5931
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Manche
Arrondissement Cherbourg
Canton Bricquebec
Intercommunality CA Cotentin
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Françoise Bougie
Area1 10.82 km2 (4.18 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 1,196
 • Density 110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 50579 /50260

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Part of Nazi Germany
Coordinates 49°33′0.54″N 1°35′35.15″E / 49.5501500°N 1.5930972°E / 49.5501500; 1.5930972
Type bunker
Site history
In use captured before being used
Battles/wars Operation Crossbow

Sottevast in World War IIEdit

Sottevast was a German storage and servicing bunker for V-weapons.[1] The site was captured by the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division during the Normandy campaign.[2][3]

Date Result
February 29/March 1, 1944 One Mosquito to a "flying-bomb site" at "Sottevast"[4][clarification needed]
April 28, 1944 Mission 325: 18 of 106 B-17s bomb the Sottevast, France V-weapon site and targets of opportunity; clouds prevent most B-17s from bombing; 2 B-17s are lost (1 has 6 KIA and 5 POW)[1] and 47 damaged; 3 airmen are WIA and 21 MIA. Escort is provided by 46 P-47s without loss.[5]
May 8, 1944 Mission 345: 384th Bombardment Group.[6]


  1. ^ "Sottevast V2 Facility". Hand Maid Tours. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Welcome to the 504th PIR Association". DotNetNuke Corporation. Archived from the original on 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2008-09-09.
  3. ^ Stever, H. Guyford. In War and Peace. p. 47. Retrieved 2008-09-09.
  4. ^ "Campaign Diary Feb 1944". Royal Air Force Bomber Command 60th Anniversary. UK Crown. Retrieved 2007-05-24.
  5. ^ "8th Air Force 1944 Chronicles". Archived from the original on 2007-09-12. Retrieved 2007-05-25. 1944: April, May, June, July, August, September
  6. ^ 384th BG Mission Almanac Mission 103 Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine.