Attack on our Airfield 1945

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Description

On New Years Day 1945 six German ME109’s attacked airfield B65 at Maldegam, Belgium. This series of photos show the aftermath of that attack.

Photo caption – “Damage done by six ME109s which strafed our airfield B65 Maldegam new years day 1945”

The following extract comes from Napier RSA – Stories to Tell, page 13.

At Bodenplatte on 1 January 1945, Hitler made one last attempt to drive the allies ou tof Europe. The Army attacked through the Ardennes and the Luftwaffe attacked many airfields in use by the allies. Six ME109’s attacked the airfield of 485 (NZ) Squadron. Thirteen Spitfires were lost. During this period. Hitler’s air force lost over 200 pilots,whom he could not afford to lose.”

Location

Maldegam, Belgium

Format of the original

Photographic prints

Date published

1 January 1945

Accession number

427073

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