View Full Version : Operation Bodenplotte: information request

05-05-2005, 02:18 PM
Now that I finished my Romanian Ploesti missions I've decided to tackle Operation Bodenplotte. The Ardenne maps aren't that great but I'll do my best...

Anyways, could you guys post some good links for information on this operation? Not general synopsis stuff but like information on the exact units that were involved? On American British and German sides? As well well as the variants of all the different aircraft that were used?

Thanks a lot!

05-05-2005, 04:42 PM
Have you seen Norman Franks' book "Battle of the Airfields. Operation Bodenplatte 1 January 1945" [ISBN 1-902304-42-x]? It gives a blow by blow account of the airbattle, it has a number of appendices that list the casualties on each side with reference to their units.

05-05-2005, 04:44 PM
World War II magazine has a special issue on the newsstands right now entitled "Victory in Europe". There is a very interesting and informative article on Bodenplatte beginning on page 12. I don't know how much information here would be useful to you, but it is a very good read.

05-05-2005, 05:18 PM
pm me with an email addy and ill send you what i collected for my movie the legend of y-29, pluss i have a couple of books i can search

05-05-2005, 05:25 PM
Here is a list of the units involved as found in above source:-


JG1, JG2, JG3, JG4,JG6,JG7, JG11, JG26, JG27, JG53, JG54, JG77, SG4


83 Group

121 Wing Volkel

174 Squadron Typhoon 1B
175 Squadron Typhoon 1B
184 Squadron Typhoon 1B

122 Wing volkel

1 Squadron Tempest V
56 Squadron Tempest V
80 Squadron Tempest V
274 Squadron Tempest V
486 Squadron Tempest V

124 Wing Eindhoven

137 Squadron Typhoon 1B
181 Squadron Typhoon 1B
182 Squadron Typhoon 1B
247 Squadron Typhoon 1B

125 Wing Ophoven

41 Squadron Spitfire XIV
130 Squadron Spitfire XIV
350 Squadron Spitfire XIV
610 Squadron Spitfire XIV

126 Wing Heesch

401 Squadron Spitfire IX
402 Squadron Spitfire XIV
411 Squadron Spitfire IX
412 Squadron Spitfire IX
442 Squadron Spitfire IX

127 Wing Evere

403 Squadron Spitfire XVI
416 Squadron Spitfire XVI

143 Wing Eindhoven

168 Squadron Typhoon 1B
438 Squadron Typhoon 1B
439 Squadron Typhoon 1B
440 Squadron Typhoon 1B

39 Recce Wing Eindhoven

400 Squadron Spitfire IX
414 Squadron Spitfire IX
430 Squadron Spitfire XIV

84 Group

123 Wing moving from Gilze Reijen to Chievres

131 Wing St Denis Westrem

302 Squadron Spitfire IX/XVI
308 Squadron Spitfire IX
317 Squadron Spitfire IX

132 Wing Woensdrecht

66 Squadron Spitfire XVI
127 Squadron Spitfire XVI
322 Squadron Spitfire IX
331 Squadron Spitfire IX
332 Squadron Spitfire IX

135 Wing Maldegem

349 Squadron Spitfire IX
485 Squadron Spitfire IX

145 Wing Deurne

341 Squadron Spitfire IX
74 Squadron Spitfire IX
345 Squadron Spitfire IX
329 Squadron Spitfire IX

146 Wing Deurne

193 Squadron Typhoon 1B
197 Squadron Typhoon 1B
257 Squadron Typhoon 1B
263 Squadron Typhoon 1B
266 Squadron Typhoon 1B

35 Recce Wing Gilze Reijen

2 Squadron Mustang II/ Spitfire XIV
4 Squadron Spitfire IX
268 Squadron Mustang IA/II

2 Group

139 Wing Melsbroek

98 Squadron Mitchell II
180 Squadron Mitchell II
320 Squadron Mitchell II


34 Recce Wing Melsbroek

16 Squadron Spitfire XI
69 Squadron Wellington XIII
140 Squadron Mosquito XVI

Hope this is useful.

05-05-2005, 07:55 PM
Sweet thanks fellas!

05-05-2005, 08:48 PM
from the JG27 site on their history page

Boden Platte

The weather finally broke on 26th December, and immediately the allies began air operations against the Wehrmacht. On 1st January 1945, having received only minimal briefing, the Luftwaffe mounted a series of raids on allied air bases in Holland and Belgium. Codenamed `Boden Platte`, the idea was to destroy as many aircraft on the ground as possible, a task for which the Luftwaffe was able to raise 900 fighters.

All four Gruppen of JG27, only one of which had been equipped with the newer `K` model, were part of this assault. Ground mist delayed take off, and several aircraft were lost to `friendly` flak, as the gunners had not been made aware of the delay.

The element of surprise meant that substantial damage was done to most of the bases attacked, with the allies losing 20 pilots and 500 aircraft. For the Luftwaffe however, Boden Platte was a disaster, with 237 aircraft lost, at a time when every trained Jagdflieger was irreplaceable. On 9th January, German forces began a withdrawal from the Ardennes.

05-05-2005, 11:25 PM
e-mailed ya 2 MB worth

05-05-2005, 11:54 PM
Look here ... (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1902109406/qid=1115358776/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-8719075-5267119)

IMO the book on Bodenplatte, would be even greater if it had more plane pictures and some profiles.

05-09-2005, 06:53 PM
any of my stuff usefull? did you get it ok?