Bodenplatte: The Luftwaffe's Last Hope -The Attack on Allied by John Manrho

By John Manrho

Within the early morning of latest Year's Day 1945, because the final nice German offensive in Ardennes slowly smoldered to an finish and the Allies ready for a last 12 months of warfare in northwest Europe, opposed to all odds, the Luftwaffe -- assumed to be starved of gasoline and scuffling with spirit -- introduced an enormous, shock, low-level strike certain at Allied tactical airfields all through France, Belgium, and Holland. deliberate lower than nice secrecy, the raid gambled on utilizing the majority of Luftwaffe fighter resources at the Western entrance, with the purpose of decimating major parts of either the British 2d RAF and the USAAF at the flooring. because the iciness skies lightened, greater than 900 German plane -- such a lot of them Fw 190s and Bf 109s -- swept throughout susceptible and unsuspecting airfields, together with Brussels and Eindhoven. Altogether, greater than two hundred Allied airplane have been destroyed, with an additional a hundred and fifty broken. yet for the Luftwaffe it was once a Pyrrhic victory; 271 opponents have been misplaced and lots of extra broken. Worse nonetheless, of the 213 pilots misplaced, greater than 20 have been precious formation leaders. utilizing hundreds of thousands of eye-witness debts and infrequent photos, it is a definitive learn.

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264. 131 Letter Deutsche Dienststelle, 17 February 1995. 2000. 133 Correspondence with Ignacy Olszewski. 1}4 Personnel memoirs of]erzy Glowczewski. 135 Personnel Combat Reports No. 131 Wing. <, page 197. 1J7 Article Dr. Jan l~ Komarek. 138 EdwardJaworski via Michal Mucha. '" ORB No. 302 Squadron. 4998. See also War Diary 2ndTAF,Sheet No. 2338. loll) Ground Control. 141 The statement in the ORB orNo. /JC 1 begun, is incorrect. All Spitfires returned to St. Deni~ after the attack. 142 Article by Belgian historian Jacques de Vos, dated 7 January 1975.

Kazimierz Becher, Sg1. Stanislaw Breyner and Sg1. Zdzislaw Slawski. (Glowczewski) Bodenolatte --L THE LUFTWAFFE'S LAST HOPE Fill. 317 (Wilenski) Squadron saw his bullets strike an Fw 190 from 200 yards, but was awarded only a 'probable'. (Hrycak) Lt. 1JG 1. 1JG 1 on December 25th, 1944. (GS)/KGzbV 2 and GSKommando 1. (Trager) Ofhr. 1JG 1. IJGr. IJG 1 where he arrived on December 29th. 1JG 1. He would not survive Bodenplatte. /JG 3. Having been victorious on sixteen occasions, he was one of those old hares who could guide the young inexperienced pilots and who the Gruppe could not afford to lose.

K) Report No. 124/1945. Ade actually attacked Ursel instead. Interview with WilhelrnAde by Adrie Roding, unknown dare. Stanowski, PRO AIR 50/434. 1995. " Correspondence ofHprm. Georg Hackbarth with his wife, OctoberDecember 1944. 52 Personal Memoirs ofJerzy Glowczewski. "Logbook Lt. /jG 1. According Hans Werner Newen's book 'Am Hinunel Europas', page 310, also Lt. IjG 1 claimed two Spitfires. However, this could not be verified and the account ofLt. Mencis himselfseems to be unreliable. "War Diary Wilhelm Wichardt.

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