World War 2, Trolley Missions - 20 fotos

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We remember the World War II this week on September 1st , when Germans started the invasion of Poland in 1939 – 70th anniversary. I also wanted to post about aerial photographies and I have found the Trolley Missions from allies.

The “Trolley Missions” began a few days before the war actually ended, but only over Allied controlled zones in Western Europe; after VE-Day some fights extended further East. Most of the flights took place on B-17 and B-24 heavy bombers; many of the low altitude photos came from these all but forgotten missions. The “Trolley Missions” took the ground crews (mechanics, cooks, etc..) and VIP’s over the war time mission targets at low altitude; over 30,000 non-crew personnel rode the “Trolleys”. A few planes actually landed. Trolley passengers were given permission and in few cases encouraged to take photographs. Generally a five man crew was used to fly the plane; the four officers and the chief engineer. The newer crews were generally used, but not always. For many of the battle seasoned crews this was their first up close view of what of what the missions had accomplished. A few “Trolley Mission” pilots were brought up on Court Marshal charges for “buzzing” military and civilian personal on the ground.

These photos were taken by Co-Pilot James Beadling from Mighty 8th Army Air Force, 448th BG, and 715th Squadron from the B-24 Wazzle Dazzle or shown at b24.net – photos were taken by Harvey B. DeVoe Jr..

Some information is unknown, you can contribute commenting. Thank you and enjoy the fotos.

The Dom Cathedral (Kölner Dom) in Cologne, Germany WWII, May 10th, 1945.

1 The Dom Cathedral (Kölner Dom) in Cologne, Germany WWII, May 10th, 1945. "Trolley Missions"...Kölner Dom in Köln, Deutschland WWII, 10. Mai 1945. "Trolley-Missionen" Credit: David C. Foster #
Hohenzollernbrücke Bridge, WWII B-24 VE

2 Hohenzollernbrücke Bridge, WWII B-24 VE "Trolley Missions", Cologne, Germany WWII, May 10th. Credit: David C. Foster #
WWII B-24 VE

3 WWII B-24 VE "Trolley Missions", The Bridge at Remagen (Ludendorff-Brücke) , May 10th 1945. Credit: David C. Foster #
Prisoner of War Temporary Enclosures (PWTEs) for German POWs at Remagen (Deutsch Kriegsgefangenen). Terrible conditions prevailed the camps (Housing 50.000 /PoWs ~ 120.000). Drinking water and food rations were lacking. Only few of the inmates had coats or shelter. It was a damp, cold spring with lots of rain. To protect themselves from the weather, prisoners dug holes in the ground. Lack of hygiene caused the spread of deseases such as dysentery.

4 Prisoner of War Temporary Enclosures (PWTEs) for German POWs at Remagen (Deutsch Kriegsgefangenen). Terrible conditions prevailed the camps (Housing 50.000 /PoWs ~ 120.000). Drinking water and food rations were lacking. Only few of the inmates had coats or shelter. It was a damp, cold spring with lots of rain. To protect themselves from the weather, prisoners dug holes in the ground. Lack of hygiene caused the spread of deseases such as dysentery. Credit: David C. Foster #
This photograph shows the north of the city of Cologne. At the left side, from bottom to top, the Riehler Strasse with the Reichenspergerplatz and the Appelate Court (Oberlandesgericht, large square building), at the right side the prussian

5 This photograph shows the north of the city of Cologne. At the left side, from bottom to top, the Riehler Strasse with the Reichenspergerplatz and the Appelate Court (Oberlandesgericht, large square building), at the right side the prussian "Fort X", at the top St. Agnes church. Credit: David C. Foster #
Unknown City, May 10th, 1945.

6 Unknown City, May 10th, 1945. Credit: David C. Foster #
German Industry in the Ruhr Valley, 12th May 1945.

7 German Industry in the Ruhr Valley, 12th May 1945. Credit: PVT Harvey B. DeVoe Jr. #
Unknown, May 10th, 1945.

8 Unknown, May 10th, 1945. Credit: David C. Foster #
German factory.

9 German factory. Credit: PVT Harvey B. DeVoe Jr. #
Right side square Neumarkt, left side the area around street Zeppelinstraße at building Olivandenhof. Cologne, Germany WWII, May 10th, 1945.

10 Right side square Neumarkt, left side the area around street Zeppelinstraße at building Olivandenhof. Cologne, Germany WWII, May 10th, 1945. Credit: David C. Foster #
The Dragons Teeth (Drachen Zähne) of the Siegfried Line (Deutsch Westwall) , May 10th, 1945.

11 The Dragons Teeth (Drachen Zähne) of the Siegfried Line (Deutsch Westwall) , May 10th, 1945. Credit: David C. Foster #
Brussels, Belgium, Wiertz street, along the railroad...May 10th, 1945.

12 Brussels, Belgium, Wiertz street, along the railroad...May 10th, 1945. Credit: David C. Foster #
An unknown railyard (Marshalling Yard/Rangierbahnhof), probably in Germany. Precision bombing was not known on 1945.

13 An unknown railyard (Marshalling Yard/Rangierbahnhof), probably in Germany. Precision bombing was not known on 1945. Credit: David C. Foster #
Dortmund, May 12th, 1946.

14 Dortmund, May 12th, 1946. Credit: PVT Harvey B. DeVoe Jr. #
Negative image. The Cologne city districts Muelheim (background) and Riehl (foreground) with the destroyed Rhine River bridge

15 Negative image. The Cologne city districts Muelheim (background) and Riehl (foreground) with the destroyed Rhine River bridge "Muelheimer Bruecke", May 10th, 1945. Credit: David C. Foster #
The Cologne city districts Muelheim (background) and Riehl (foreground) with the destroyed Rhine River bridge

16 The Cologne city districts Muelheim (background) and Riehl (foreground) with the destroyed Rhine River bridge "Muelheimer Bruecke", May 10th, 1945. Credit: David C. Foster #
Trolley mission over Bremen, May 12th, 1945.

17 Trolley mission over Bremen, May 12th, 1945. Credit: PVT Harvey B. DeVoe Jr. #
Trolley mission over Hamburg, May 12th, 1945.

18 Trolley mission over Hamburg, May 12th, 1945. Credit: PVT Harvey B. DeVoe Jr. #
Trolley mission over Brunswick, May 12th, 1945.

19 Trolley mission over Brunswick, May 12th, 1945. Credit: PVT Harvey B. DeVoe Jr. #
Cologne, Germany: Dom Cathedral, Central Station, and the destroyed Hohenzollernbrücke Bridge over the Rhine River (1945).

20 Cologne, Germany: Dom Cathedral, Central Station, and the destroyed Hohenzollernbrücke Bridge over the Rhine River (1945). Credit: David C. Foster #
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Comments (4)

  1. Edward von Flottwell wrote::

    Picture 6 is Düsseldorf, the church is the “Herz Jesu catholic church” at the Rossstraße.

    Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 9:23 am #
  2. Picture 13 is the railway (railroad) marshalling yard at Koblenz-Lützel on the Rhine looking south with the roundhouse of Koblenz-Lützel loco depot in the centre background.

    Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 10:50 am #
  3. Stephen Whitaker wrote::

    Harvey DeVoe is my grandfather and I had the opportunity to see about 100 photos from the May 12th flight this evening. They are amazing. He even has some of the last pictures of Glenn Miller alive.

    Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 4:46 am #
  4. Bahns wrote::

    The pictures 15 + 16 are mirrored

    Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

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