TROLLEY MISSION 1945

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


Trolley Mission: Aerial Photos and Pictures (Chapter I)

These aerial photos are taken by crew members and passengers of the 44th Bombardment Group during the low-level tour, called 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. Operations consisted primarily of assaults against strategic targets in France, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Austria, and Germany. The group was inactivated on 12. July 1946 after World War II. All aerial photographs on this web site 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.



B17 bombers and B24 bombers flying over Germany
figure: B17 bombers and B24 bombers flying over Germany


Attacks on the city of Munster
figure: Attacks on the city of Munster


Bremen and its dock area was battered again and again
figure: Bremen and its dock area was battered again and again


Hamburg Dock Area
figure: Hamburg Dock Area


At Harburg, across the Elbe river from Hamburg, the oil refinery was rendered ineffective
figure: At Harburg, across the Elbe river from Hamburg, the oil refinery was rendered ineffective


Hamm Marshalling Yards were subjected to repeated allied attacks
figure: Hamm Marshalling Yards were subjected to repeated allied attacks


Cologne and its famous cathedral
figure: Cologne and its famous cathedral


Bridges across the Moselle river at Coblenz
figure: Bridges across the Moselle river at Coblenz


The Misburg oil refinery from Deurag Nerag company, near Hannover
figure: The Misburg oil refinery from Deurag Nerag company, near Hannover


I.G. Farben Plant at Ludwigshafen was a favorite target of Allied bombers
figure: I.G. Farben Plant at Ludwigshafen was a favorite target of Allied bombers


Probably the bridge that played the most important part in the final subjection of Germany was the Remagen bridge, which collapsed from weakness rather than bombs or explosives
figure: The bridge that played the most important part
in the final subjection of Germany was the Remagen bridge


Prisoner of War (POW) camp near Ludwigshafen
figure: Prisoner of War (POW) camp near Ludwigshafen



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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