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"Lost Sites"

   The following photos were taken by my father, U.S. Army Air Forces Lt. Delbert R. Walden, while he was stationed in Germany as part of the Army of Occupation from December 1945 to July 1946. Although my father's military records are not entirely clear, it appears he was assigned to the following units/areas: XII Tactical Air Command (Bad Kissingen / Würzburg); 344th Bombardment Group (M), 9th Air Force, (Schleissheim, near Munich); 496th Bomb Squadron (part of the 344th?); and also possibly in the 438th Sig Cons Bn (I have not been able to identify this unit).

   The photos that my brother and I have been able to identify were all taken in southern Bavaria and the Alps  ...   Garmisch, Bodensee, Chiemsee, Berchtesgaden and Salzburg, and around Munich (plus a few in Frankfurt/Main). The thumbnail photos below are some of those we have not been able to identify conclusively. Anyone who can identify any of these locations is asked to contact the page author at:  walden01(at) I believe many of these were likely taken in Munich, or perhaps Salzburg, but others likely weren't.


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Mess hall in preparation for Christmas 1945. This was apparently the 344th Bomb Group at Schleissheim, near Munich. The wall is painted with scenes representing (left-right) England, France, 344th unit insignia, Germany, Belgium.  (G.R. and G.A. Walden collection)

My father poses in front of Schloss (Palace) Schleissheim, north of Munich. Due to the damage, I do not know if the 344th Bomb Group HQs were in the palace, or elsewhere.


Click on the thumbnails to see the full size photos.
Note - Over the years, most of the photos that I posted here have been identified. I have removed those from this page, and left only the ones that have not been identified.

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unk15 - maybe Munich? unk18 - maybe Schleissheim? unk29 and unk30 are likely views of ruins on the Obersalzberg, but I have been unable to identify these views or locations.
unk31 - maybe Munich?


UPDATES  --  Many thanks to Robert Noss, Walter Joyner, Jim Gibson, Roland Fogt, George Conrad, Johan Metselaar, Florian Beierl, Ken Bacon, Bob Robinson, Werner Müller, Guenter Braun, Hans Colsman, Paul Higgins, and Dr. Ulrich Wieczorek, who have identified the following photos:

Unk1  --  Berchtesgaden, looking off the back terrace of the Berchtesgadener Hof hotel
Unk2  --  Obersalzberg, looking toward the ruins in the Buchenhöhe area
Unk4  --  Frankfurt am Main - I.G. Farben Building (taken over by the US Army in 1945 as Eisenhower's HQ) (Click here to see a pre-war photo of the I.G. Farben Building in Frankfurt.)

Unk5  --  Munich, Altes Rathaus and Marienplatz
Unk6  --  Munich, square in front of the Hauptbahnhof (train station)
Unk7  --  Schleissheim Airfield - barracks (POW camp)
Unk8  --  Munich, Odeonsplatz - looking away from the Feldherrnhalle

Unk9  --  Munich, Siegestor on Leopoldstraße, in Schwabing
Unk10  --  Chiemsee, Herrenchiemsee Castle
Unk11  --  Frankfurt am Main - Hauptbahnhof (train station)

Unk12-13  --  Salzburg, Cathedral and Residenz
Unk14 -- Frankfurt am Main, Schumann Theater
Unk16  --  Chiemsee, fountain in front of Herrenchiemsee Castle
Unk17  --  Chiemsee, fountain in front of Herrenchiemsee Castle

Unk19  --  Berchtesgaden, back terrace of the Berchtesgadener Hof hotel
Unk20  --  Munich, Wittelsbacher Platz, with Kurfürst Maximilian I monument

Unk22  --  Schleissheim Palace, Oberschleissheim, near Munich
Unk23  --  Hotel Bad Schachen, Lindau am Bodensee

Unk24  --  Berchtesgaden, Hauptbahnhof (railway station) (see modern photos here)
Unk25  --  Schleissheim Airfield - officers mess
Unk26  --  Schleissheim Airfield - temporary barracks
Unk27-28  --  Munich, Friedensengel monument

My special thanks to Herr Guenter Braun of the Bayerische-Flugzeug-Historiker e.V., for identifying the above photos of Schleissheim Airfield, where my father was stationed.


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Visit Scott Pinkowski's "Lost Images of World War II" page to see his grandfather's unidentified photos, similar to these.  My thanks to Scott for giving me this idea!


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Visit Schloss Primkenau, a lost castle in Silesia. Visit Roland Fogt's page

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