TROLLEY MISSION 1945

Aerial Pictures and Photographs of Germany at the end of World War II


Trolley Mission: Aerial Photos and Pictures (Chapter II)

These aerial pictures are taken by crew members and passengers of the 44th Bombardment Group during the low-level flights, called Cook's Tour or Trolley Mission in May, 1945. The 44th Bomb Group was constituted on 20. November 1940, and activated on 15. January 1941. They moved to England between August and October 1942, for service with Eighth Air Force with its B-24's. All aerial photos on this web site, taken during the low-level tours, are identified. Please, note the German web site on www.trolley-mission.de because there are more photos which were identified by German Internet users. After more than 70 years, we were able to identify cities and to recognize places as well as areas on the aerial photographs.



At Munster, total attack meant destruction of airfields
figure: At Munster, total attack meant destruction of airfields


Railway Marshalling Yards at Munster
figure: Railway Marshalling Yards at Munster


The city of Osnabruck
figure: The city of Osnabruck


Smashed rails in Osnabruck
figure: Smashed rails in Osnabruck


Attacks on Hamburg and its harbor
figure: Attacks on Hamburg and its harbor


Brunswick (Braunschweig) was reduced block by block
figure: Brunswick (Braunschweig) was reduced block by block


Hanover (Hannover) became a ghost city of battered walls
figure: Hanover (Hannover) became a ghost city of battered walls


The Bielefeld Railway Viaduct was the subject of numerous attacks
figure: The Bielefeld Railway Viaduct was the subject of numerous attacks


Dortmund and its giant industries were riddled with high intensity bombs
figure: Dortmund and its giant industries were riddled with high intensity bombs


The engine repair sheds in Dusseldorf
figure: The engine repair sheds in Dusseldorf


Frankfurt am Main and the Grossmarkthalle (Wholesale Market Hall)
figure: Frankfurt am Main and the Grossmarkthalle (Wholesale Market Hall)


Aerial attacks in Aschaffenburg
figure: Aerial attacks in Aschaffenburg


Mannheim and bridges across the Rhine river
figure: Mannheim and bridges across the Rhine river


The city of Coesfeld was reduced to a particularly fine grained rubble
figure: The city of Coesfeld was reduced to a particularly fine grained rubble


The Bridge at Arnhem (Arnheim), Netherlands
figure: The Bridge at Arnhem (Arnheim), Netherlands



For reaching more people - especially descendants, children of bomber pilots and bombardment group members - the author, Markus Lenz, wrote an e-book for the Amazon Kindle device. This e-book was written in the English language including more than 20 pictures, charts and maps. But note, the e-book is only a brief summary. Markus Lenz is still working on a new edition of this e-book. But after 70 years, it's difficult to find people who can give information about the Trolley Mission. And, for a German author, it's even more difficult to understand relationships and infrastructure of the United States Air Force in 1945. But so far, the e-book edition is actually a good way to find eyewitnesses and to generate attention to this special matter of World War II.

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