Hanover from above: Aerial view after Allied air raids in World War II

Published: February 27, 2020
Hanover from above: Aerial view after Allied air raids in World War II

As an important railroad and road junction and production center, Hanover was a major target for strategic bombing during World War II. Targets included also the large oil refineries at Misburg, the Continental plants and the Hanomag factory. Residential areas were also targeted, and more than 6,000 civilians were killed by the Allied bombing raids. More than 90 % of the city center was destroyed in a total of 88 bombing raids. The Allied ground advance into Germany reached Hanover in April 1945. The US 84th Infantry Division captured the city on 10 April 1945. After the war, Hanover was in the British zone of occupation of Germany.

Hanover from above: Aerial view after Allied air raids in World War II

Hanover from above: Aerial view after Allied air raids in World War II

Hanover from above: Aerial view after Allied air raids in World War II

Hanover from above: Aerial view after Allied air raids in World War II

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.