Low level flight video showing the destruction of Brunswick (Braunschweig), Germany, at the end of the European War (Second World War) 1945

Low level flight video showing the destruction of Brunswick (Braunschweig), Germany, at the end of the European War (Second World War) 1945

January 6, 2018

This free video presents motion pictures and aerial views showing the destruction of Brunswick (“Braunschweig”), Germany, at the end of the European War (Second World War). These film shots were not taken during the “Trolley Mission”, but within the “Special Film Project 186” of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF).

During the “Trolley Mission” as well as during the “Special Film Project 186” aerial photographs were taken from airplanes. However, the “Special Film Project 186” and the “Trolley Mission” were two completely different military missions. Finally, this film has been added below to illustrate the situation in 1945 for younger generations.

Source: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Motion Picture Film, 5768/18 SFP 9511
Records of the Army Air Forces


Trolley Mission

This website tells the story of an extraordinary sightseeing tour of Germany at the end of the European War (Second World War). These “Trolley Missions” were low-level flights over Germany between 7 May 1945 and 12 May 1945. Sometimes these missions are also called “Low Level Mission”, “Low Level Tours” or “Cook’s Tours”. During these flights across Europe and Germany aerial photographs were taken showing the destruction of German cities.