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    Can anyone tell me if there is a list of the aircraft (by squadron) lost on the allied side, during Operation Bodenplatte. Especially looking at RAF Squadron aircraft losses.
    tia...Alan.

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    Hello,

    There are several:

    Bodenplatte - The Luftwaffe's Last Hope:The Attack on Allied Airfields New Years Day 1945.
    Manrho,John & Ron Putz.
    Crowborough:Hikoki Publications,2004

    The above publication also available in an inferior paperback reprint:

    Bodenplatte:The Luftwaffe's Last Hope.
    Manrho,John & Ron Putz.
    Mechanicsburg:Stackpole Books,2010.

    and...

    Battle of the Airfields - Operation Bodenplatte 1st January 1945.
    Franks,Norman L.
    London:Grub Street,1994 (50th Anniversary Edition).

    What were you after?

    Col.
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    Hi Col,
    Trying to establish if one of the Lancasters destroyed at Ursel, could have been PB759, which, because of a mistake in the 61sqdn ORB, is wrongly listed in Chorleys as being lost on 8th Feb 45. I know that one of them was LL777. Tried to pm you with some info, but you do not accept pm's, but if you go to http://squadronforum.freeforums.org (which i'm looking after) you will see the thread on PB759, which shows what i have so far..
    Alan.

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    Alan,

    Taken a look. Let me tell you, l'm not going to buy into that bunfight!

    Here is what the books have to say.:

    Bodenplatte/Manrho & Putz. p.295.

    Ursel.

    417 R & S U - HX965 - Mosquito XIII - Cat E
    61 Sqdn. - LL777 - Lancaster - Cat E
    835BS/486BG - 43-37966 - B-17G Flying Fortress - Destroyed.

    The Battle of the Airfields/Franks. p.197.

    Ursel.

    417 R&SU.
    Mosquito XIII - HK965[sic] - Cat E
    Lancaster - LL777/S (ex-61 Sqdn) - Cat E
    Lancaster - ME850 (ex-15 Sqdn) - Cat E.

    NB. Neither the First, nor the Last word!

    Col.
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    Hi Col,
    Thanks for the help, much appreciated. Looks like i can discount PB759 as a candidate. The search goes on.
    Alan.

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    Col,
    Just to confuse matters, i've just found this
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?4278-Bodenplatte-at-Ursel-Mosquito-Lancaster

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