Bodenplatte: The Luftwaffe's Last Hope

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Stackpole Books, 2010 - 577 Seiten
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  • Definitive account of the last great Luftwaffe attack of World War II
  • Gripping stories of Fw 190s and Bf 109s in combat
  • Contains hundreds of eyewitness accounts and rare photos

In the early morning of January 1, 1945, as the Battle of the Bulge smoldered to an end, the German Luftwaffe--assumed to be starved of fuel and fighting spirit--launched a massive, surprise, low-level strike on Allied airfields throughout France, Belgium, and Holland, an operation code-named Bodenplatte. More than 900 German aircraft took to the skies and attacked the vulnerable fields, destroying 200 Allied aircraft and damaging 150 more. In a pyrrhic victory, the Luftwaffe lost 271 fighters, with many more damaged, and 213 pilots--irreplaceable losses at this stage of the war.

 

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Inhalt

Chapter 1 Prelude to the Offensive 1
1
Chapter 2 The Battle of Gandawa 9
9
Chapter 3 Buzz Bomb Alley 59
59
Chapter 4 B78 Gets Clobbered 103
103
Chapter 5 Raiders of the Last Airfield 147
147
Chapter 6 Hunting for Volkel 189
189
Chapter 7 Dogfight over Asch 227
227
Chapter 8 Brussels Revisited 277
277
Appendix 3 German Losses on January 1st 1945 474
474
Appendix 4 Ju 88 Losses on January 1st 1945 488
488
Appendix 5 Luftwaffe MaterialPersonnel Losses on January 1st 1945 excluding Lotsen 491
491
Appendix 6 Luftwaffe Aerial Combat Claims Related to Bodenplatte January 1st 1945 494
494
Appendix 7 Allied Order of Battle December 31st 1944 496
496
Appendix 8 Allied Aerial Losses Related to Bodenplatte January 1st 1945 499
499
Appendix 9 Allied Material Losses January 1st 1945 502
502
Appendix 10 Allied Aerial Combat Claims January 1st 1945 513
513

Chapter 9 BullsEye on Brussels 333
333
Chapter 10 Of Pik As Orange Tails and Hell Hawks 371
371
Chapter 11 Lost over Antwerp 417
417
Chapter 12 Dawn of a New Era 441
441
Chapter 13 Aftermath 459
459
Appendix 1 Luftwaffe Order of Battle December 31st 1944 467
467
Appendix 2 Luftwaffe Strength Report December 31st 1944 469
469
Appendix 11 Claims of AAA Units on Allied Airfields January 1st 1945 518
518
Appendix 12 Known Casualties on the Airfields 520
520
Notes 522
522
Index 567
567
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Back Cover
581
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Über den Autor (2010)

John Manrho lives in England.

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