WW2 German Death Card for Mother and 3 children killed during Aerial Bombing.

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WW2 German Death Card for Mother and 3 children killed during Aerial Bombing.

Post by Heartfeltzero » 24 Nov 2022 06:34

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The card was made by a husband who lost his wife and three children all in the same day.

The Wife/Mother:
Mrs Helene Hufnagl, born on July 23rd 1920, aged 24.

The three children:
Hermann Hufnagl, born on June 21st 1940, aged 4.

Helga Hufnagl, born on September 7th 1941, aged 3.

Edith Hufnagl, born on November 19th 1942, aged 2.

The card states that all 4 were killed in the “Terrorist Attack” on Mühldorf on March 19th 1945.

I found some photos online of a B-24M dropping bombs on Mühldorf on March 19th 1945, so it’s likely they were killed by the very bombs being dropped in the photo.
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Also in the post is a photo showing the street the family lived on. You can see just how close they were to the railway targets. I have circled the street where the Family lived in red on the photo and the modern map (The picture is orientated to the north). The railway yard straddles the top of the photo directly above Martin Greif Straße.
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“Mission No. 196

19 March 1945

Target: Muhldorf Marshalling Yard, Germany

One hundred pound general purpose bombs were used by the Group of thirty-five planes in attacking the marshalling yard at Muhldorf, Germany, on 19 March. A great deal of damage was done to the target, but the bomb pattern was scattered over a comparatively large area.”
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Re: WW2 German Death Card for Mother and 3 children killed during Aerial Bombing.

Post by Hans1906 » 24 Nov 2022 15:16

Hi Heartfeltzero,

the bombing is mentioned in the local history, and the Wikipedia website:
Link: Mühldorf am Inn https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mühldorf_am_Inn

Thank you for sharing from your collection, it is often the small events that were and are important, far removed from world history at the time.
I really appreciate that, thanks for your note.


Hans
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Re: WW2 German Death Card for Mother and 3 children killed during Aerial Bombing.

Post by LAstry2 » 24 Nov 2022 15:55

Ive seen Memorial cards for german soldiers World War I and World War II..but first time Ive seen a card for civilians...?

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Re: WW2 German Death Card for Mother and 3 children killed during Aerial Bombing.

Post by Heartfeltzero » 24 Nov 2022 17:08

Hans1906 wrote:
24 Nov 2022 15:16
Hi Heartfeltzero,

the bombing is mentioned in the local history, and the Wikipedia website:
Link: Mühldorf am Inn https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mühldorf_am_Inn

Thank you for sharing from your collection, it is often the small events that were and are important, far removed from world history at the time.
I really appreciate that, thanks for your note.


Hans
I’m always happy to share my collection. I’m glad you enjoy them. Thank you!

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Re: WW2 German Death Card for Mother and 3 children killed during Aerial Bombing.

Post by Heartfeltzero » 24 Nov 2022 17:09

LAstry2 wrote:
24 Nov 2022 15:55
Ive seen Memorial cards for german soldiers World War I and World War II..but first time Ive seen a card for civilians...?
Yeah there are many death cards for civilians, most made in peace times. They would be made for pretty much anyone.

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