TROLLEY MISSION 1945

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


Help and Research

The aerial pictures and photographs taken during the Trolley Mission in May 1945 represent an extraordinary historical value for the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. At the moment the author, Markus Lenz, is looking for more photographs. He is going to ask veterans' organizations, bombardment group associations, and individuals who have posted such aerial pictures on Flickr, on Facebook or on other social media channels. Much of the research can be done via the Internet.

Saxon State and University Library
There is a lot of work because the author's purpose is to create a photo collection to donate it to the famous Saxon State and University Library Dresden, one of the largest and best endowed academic libraries in Germany. At the Saxon State and University Library, there are many online compilations of photographic and cartographical works. This would be the right place for any aerial photo taken during the Trolley Mission. Looking for aerial photos, recognizing and identifying them, and analyzing the flight routes is no commercial work - it's an academic study. Therefore, the existing books and e-books are sold without any profit margin.

But before creating such a “Trolley Mission Collection” at the Saxon State and University Library, we have to research in pictures and photographs. And, therefore the author needs your help! Did you stay in a B-17 or B-24 bomber during World War II? Did you get the opportunity of beeing a passenger of the Trolley Mission in May 1945? Maybe your father or your grandfather has participated in the low level flight missions between 7 May 1945 and 12 May 1945? And, perhaps you've inherited these photos? Are you still a member or an employee of a bombardment group association? Perhaps you can search for such photos in the archives of the association?
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Please, contact the author via e-mail at flying@trolley-mission.de - thank you!



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.

This e-book is available for the Kindle Paperwhite:
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The Trolley Mission 1945: Aerial Pictures and Photographs of Germany, 24 hours after World War II Kindle Edition



Source: The photos, showing the big reading rooms in Dresden, are quoted from Saxon State and University Library