The Trolley Mission May 1945
This web site tells the story of a sightseeing tour of Germany at the end of the European War. Thousands of men who had, in countless ways, played a part in the aerial attack on Germany received their first opportunity to see the fruits of their labors. The Royal Air Force (RAF), the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), and the United States Army Air Forces (AAF, USAAF) all played a part in the destruction.
The Trolley Missions were low-level flights over Germany between 7 May 1945 and 12 May 1945. Sometimes the Trolley Mission is also called low level mission, low level tours or Cook's tours. The purpose was to provide all ground personnel with an opportunity of seeing the results of their contribution in the strategic air war against Germany. Apart from the crew members, the ground personnel were the passengers. The special was that aerial photographs were taken during the flights by the passengers if they owned a camera. These pictures and photographs were not taken on military command. Because the photos were not military reconnaissance photographs, these photos are not collected in the military archives or at the National Archives and Records Administration.
Today, these aerial photos are still in private ownership. Maybe your father or your grandfather participated in the Trolley Missions. And, perhaps you've inherited these photos? Please, see the "Help and Research" section. Now, more than 70 years later Markus Lenz is researching, analyzing and collecting photographs from the Trolley Mission. He was born in 1975 and lives in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. He is a private pilot, an economic historian, and he wrote book about the Trolley Mission. This book includes a historical description and an analysis of air navigation. The book was written in cooperation with the 392nd Bomb Group Memorial Association in German language.