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

Published: February 24, 2020
Bremen from above: Aerial view after Allied air raids in World War II

The city of Bremen has the second largest German port. Allied bombing destroyed the majority of the historical Hanseatic city as well as 60 % of the built up area of Bremen during World War II. Most important areas were the docks. To the north of the city were aircraft factories and engineering plant while to the south was the airport. The British 3rd Infantry Division under General Whistler captured Bremen in late April 1945.

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

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

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

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

Bremen 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.