Report on Operation Bodenplatte – Typed by John Le May

Precious artefacts!

John Le May typed those reports. That’s what he told me on the phone yesterday.

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These artefacts and much more are shared by John Le May… who was at Evere on January 1st, 1945.

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7 thoughts on “Report on Operation Bodenplatte – Typed by John Le May

  1. INFORMATION FOUND ON THE INTERNET

    http://www.cieldegloire.com/batailles_bodenplatte.php

    Total Allied aerial losses

    Allied aerial casualties directly related to Bodenplatte:

    Name Rank Unit Aircraft Type Serial Code Fate Cause
    Howard P. Gibboms Flight Lieutenant 168 Squadron RAF Hawker Typhoon MN486 QC-D KIA shot down by JG 3 Fw 190s

    Don Webber Flying Officer 183 Squadron RCAF Hawker Typhoon EK497 HF-? KIA shot down in error by 352nd P-51

    Wac?aw Chojnacki Flight Lieutenant 308 Squadron (Polish) Supermarine Spitfire MJ281 ZF-P KIA shot down by JG 1 Fw 190s

    Stanis?aw Bednarczyk Warrant Officer 308 Squadron (Polish) Supermarine Spitfire MK756 ZF-? Uninjured shot down by JG 1 Fw 190s

    Józef Stanowski Flight Sergeant 308 Squadron (Polish) Supermarine Spitfire MK888 ZF-? Uninjured ran out of fuel

    Tadeusz Szlenkier Flying Officer 308 Squadron (Polish) Supermarine Spitfire MK346 ZF-T Uninjured ran out of fuel

    Stanislaw Breyner Sergeant 308 Squadron (Polish) Supermarine Spitfire MK??? ZF-K Uninjured ran out of fuel

    Tadeusz Powierza Sergeant 317 Squadron (Polish) Supermarine Spitfire MK190 ZH-P KIA shot down by JG 1 Fw 190s

    Zenobiusz Wdowczyn’ski Warrant Officer 317 Squadron (Polish) Supermarine Spitfire MJ883 JH-R Uninjured ran out of fuel

    Czes?aw Mroczyk Flight Lieutenant 317 Squadron (Polish) Supermarine Spitfire MK948 JH-Y Uninjured shot down by JG 1 Fw 190s

    L Rose Sergeant 329 Squadron Supermarine Spitfire NH541 5A-? Uninjured engine trouble

    David Harling Flight Lieutenant 416 Squadron Supermarine Spitfire SM304 DN-? KIA shot down by JG 26 Fw 190D-9

    Peter Wilson Flight Lieutenant 438 Squadron Hawker Typhoon PD556 F3-Q KIA shot down by JG 3 Fw 190D-9

    Ross Keller Flying Officer 438 Squadron Hawker Typhoon PD503 F3-R KIA strafed and killed during take-off JG 3 Fw 190s

    Hugh Fraser Flying Officer 439 Squadron Hawker Typhoon RB281 5V-X uninjured damaged by JG 6 Bf 109. Wheels up landing at Volkel airfield (after downing two German aircraft)

    Samuel Angelini Flying Officer 439 Squadron Hawker Typhoon MN589 5V-? KIA shot down by JG 6

    Len Wilson Flying Officer 442 Squadron Supermarine Spitfire NH369 Y2-F uninjured shot down by JG 6

    Don Gordon Flight Lieutenant 442 Squadron Supermarine Spitfire MH728 Y2-? WIA shot down by JG 6

    Donald Brigden Flying Officer 442 Squadron Supermarine Spitfire MK420 Y2-? KIA shot down by JG 6

    William Whisner Captain 487 Fighter Squadron, 352 Fighter Group P-51 Mustang 44-14237 HO-W uninjured After damage from JG 11 20 mm fire,

    Whisner destroyed two Bf 109s and two Fw 190s and made a “wheels down” landing

    Dean Huston First Lieutenant 487 Fighter Squadron, 352 Fighter Group P-51 Mustang 44-14801 HO-L uninjured minor damage

    James Hall Second Lieutenant 366 Fighter Group P-47 Thunderbolt unknown unknown uninjured shot down by JG53 Bf 109

    Dofel Brunetti Second Lieutenant 366 Fighter Group P-47 Thunderbolt 42-28565 unknown KIA shot down by JG53 Bf 109

    William Schubert First Lieutenant 367/358 Fighter Group P-47 Thunderbolt unknown unknown uninjured shot down by JG53 Bf 109

    David Johnson Jr Flight Officer 366 Fighter Group P-47 Thunderbolt 42-76176 unknown uninjured shot down by JG11

    John Feeney First Lieutenant 366 Fighter Group P-47 Thunderbolt unknown unknown uninjured shot down by JG11

    John Kennedy Second Lieutenant 390 Fighter Group P-47 Thunderbolt unknown unknown uninjured shot down by JG11

    D.K Neil
    Other crew: Crew Sgt. Owen Stafford WIA; William Fletcher KIA Lieutenant 125 Liaison Squadron Stinson Vigilant unknown unknown uninjured shot down by JG4

    Pilot and Observer unknown 27th Field Artillery Artillery Spotter unknown unknown both KIA shot down by JG53

    Pilot and Observer unknown XX. Art Corps Artillery Spotter unknown unknown KIA shot down by JG53

    ? Harvey unknown A.D.L.S Flight Auster unknown unknown uninjured shot down by JG53 (bailed out)

  2. Pierre,

    Your postings make me both happy and sad at the same time. This dichotomy is difficult to reconcile but i would never want to discourage you from doing the wonderful and painstaking research and effort you put into sharing these stories with the world. Keep going!

    Best,

    Andrew Todd

  3. http://www.donhollway.com/bodenplatte/

    ABOUT A NAME ON THE REPORT

    F/Lt. Howard P. “Gibby” Gibbons was returning to Eindhoven from a shakedown flight in QC-D when JG 3 attacked. Gibbons was seen to get behind a Focke-Wulf and blow its tail off. No sooner had the 190 crashed, however, than three 109s bounced Gibbons, who was shot down and crashed near his victim. He was listed KIA.

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