Hindenburg Disaster Passenger List

Only 36 passengers flew on Hindenburg’s first North American flight of 1937, far less than the ship’s 72-passenger capacity. (Although the return flight to Germany was sold out, largely to passengers who wanted to make a dramatic arrival in Europe before attending the coronation of King George VI on May 12th.)

The following information is taken from the Passenger Manifests submitted to the Philadelphia field office of United States Immigration and Naturalization Service. (For historical reasons, no corrections have been made; the information is presented exactly as it appears on the INS manifests, even if incomplete or known to be inaccurate.)

[A list of the officers and crew on the last flight can be found here.]

* Indicates that the passenger died as a result of the crash.

Leonhard Adelt
Age: 55
Nationality: German
Occupation: Writer
Residence: Berlin, Germany
Birthplace: Germany
Languages spoken: German, English

Gertrud Adelt
Age: 36
Nationality: German
Occupation: Wife
Residence: Berlin, Germany
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Languages spoken: German, English

Ernst Rudolf Anders *
Age:
Nationality: German
Occupation: Merchant
Body returned S.S. Hamburg, 5/13/37

Peter Ferdinand Lammot Belin
Age: 24
Nationality: United States
Address: Washington D.C.

Birger Brinck *
Age:
Nationality: Swedish
Occupation: Writer
Residence:
Birthplace:
Languages spoken:
Body returned S.S. Drottningholm, 5/15/37

Karl Otto Clemens
Age: 27
Nationality: German
Occupation: Photographer
Residence: Bonn, Germany
Birthplace: Bonn, Germany
Languages spoken:
Sailed S.S. Europa, 5/16/37, Tourist Class

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Hermann Doehner *
Age:
Nationality: Mexican
Occupation: Merchant
Residence:
Birthplace:
Languages spoken:

Matilda Doehner
Age: 41
Nationality: Mexican
Occupation: Housewife
Residence: Mexico City
Birthplace: Argentina
Languages spoken: English, German, Spanish

Irene Doehner *
Age: 14
Nationality: Mexican
Occupation: Daughter
Residence:
Birthplace:
Languages spoken:

Walter Doehner
Age: 10
Nationality: Mexican
Occupation: Son
Residence: Mexico City
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Languages spoken: German, Spanish

Werner Doehner
Age: 8
Nationality: Mexican
Occupation: Son
Residence: Mexico City
Birthplace: Darmstadt, Germany
Languages spoken: German, Spanish

Burtis Dolan*
Age: 47
Nationality: United States
Address: 734 Kenesaw Terrace, Chicago

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Edouard Douglas*
Age: 39
Nationality: United States
Address:

Fritz Erdmann *
Age:
Nationality: German
Occupation: Colonel (German Air Ministry)
Residence:
Birthplace:
Languages spoken:
Body returned S.S. Hamburg, 5/13/37

Otto Ernst *
Age: 77
Nationality: German
Occupation:
Residence:
Birthplace:
Languages spoken:
Body returned S.S. Bremen, 5/22/37

Else Ernst
Age: 63
Nationality: German
Occupation: Housewife
Residence:
Birthplace:
Languages spoken:

Moritz Feibusch *
Age: 57
Nationality: United States
Address:2601 Lincoln Way, San Francisco

George Grant
Age: 64
Nationality: British
Occupation: Agent
Residence: London, England
Birthplace: London, England
Languages spoken: English

Klaus Hinkelbein
Age:
Nationality: German
Occupation: First Lieutenant (Berlin, Air Ministry)
Residence:
Birthplace:
Languages spoken:
Sailed S.S. Europa 5/16/37

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George Hirschfeld
Age: 35
Nationality: German
Occupation: Merchant
Residence: Bremen, Germany
Birthplace: Bremen, Germany
Languages spoken: German

Marie Kleemann
Age: 62
Nationality: German
Occupation:
Residence:
Birthplace:
Languages spoken:

Erich Knoecher *
Age:
Nationality: German
Occupation: Manufacturer
Residence:
Birthplace:
Languages spoken:
Body returned S.S. Hamburg, 5/13/37

William Leuchtenberg
Age: 64
Nationality: United States
Address: 2 West 86th Street, MNew York City

Philip Mangone
Age: 52
Nationality: United States
Address: 145 East 58th Street, New York City

Margaret G. Mather
Age: 59
Nationality: United States
Address: c/o Mrs. Louise Turner, Princeton NJ

Nelson Morris
Age: 46
Nationality: United States
Address: 38 Dearborn Street, Chicago

Herbert James O’Laughlin
Age: 28
Nationality: United States
Address: 91 Bonnie Brae, River Forest, Illinois

Clifford Osburn
Age: 40
Nationality: United States
Address: 400 West Madison, Chicago

John Pannes *
Age: 60
Nationality: United States
Address: 11 Woodland Drive, Plandome, L.I.

Emma Pannes *
Age: 56
Nationality: United States
Address: 11 Woodland Drive, Plandome, L.I.

Otto Reichhold *
Age:
Nationality: German
Occupation: Merchant
Residence:
Birthplace:
Languages spoken:
Body returned S.S. Hamburg, 5/13/37

Joseph Spah
Age: 32
Nationality: German
Occupation: Acrobat
Residence: Douglaston, NY USA
Birthplace: Strasbourg, Alsace-Lorrain
Languages spoken: German

Emil Stoeckle
Age:
Nationality: German
Occupation: Employe
Residence:
Birthplace:
Languages spoken:
Sailed S.S. Europa 5/16/37

Hans Vinholt
Age: 64
Nationality: Danish
Occupation:
Residence:
Birthplace:
Languages spoken:
Sailed S.S. Europa 5/16/37

Rolf von Heidenstamm
Age: 52
Nationality: Swedish
Occupation: Businessman/Chamberlain
Residence: Stockholm, Sweden
Birthplace: Paris, France
Languages spoken: Swedish

Hans Hugo Witt
Age: 36
Nationality: German
Occupation: Major (German Air Ministry)
Residence: Barth, Pomerania, Germany
Birthplace: Rostock, Germany
Languages spoken: German

Department of Commerce Inquiry

The following list of passengers appeared as part of the Accident Investigation report published by the the United States Department of Commerce in the Air Commerce Bulletin of August 15, 1937 (vol. 9, no. 2):

* Indicates those who died in accident.

Adelt, Gertrude Berlin, Germany
Adelt, Leonhard
* Angers, Ernst Rudolf, Dresden, Germany
Belin, Peter,Washington, D. C.
* Brink, Birger
Clemens, Carl Otto, Bonn, Germany
* Doehner, Hermann, Mexico City, Mexico
* Doehner, Irene
Doehner Matilda
Doehner, Walter
Doehner, Werner
* Dolan, Curtis, France
* Douglas, Edward, New York
* Erimann, Fritz
Ernst, Elsa, Hamburg, Germany
* Ernst, Otto C.
* Feibusch, Moritz, Lincoln, Nebraska
Grant, George, London, England
Heidenstamm, Rudolf von
Herschfeld, George, Bremen, Germany
Hinkelbein, Claus
Kleeman, Marie
* Knoecher, Erich, Zeulenroda, Germany
Leuchtenberg, Wm., New York
Mangone, Philip
Mather, Margaret
Morris, Nelson
O’Laughlin, Herbert
Osbun, Clifford, Chicago, U.S.A.
* Pannes, Emma, New York
* Pannes, John
* Reichold, Otto, Vienna, Austria
Spaeh, Joseph
Stoeckle, Emil
Vinholt, Hans, Copenhagen, Denmark
Witt, Hans

16 Comments on "Hindenburg Disaster Passenger List"

  1. Was someone, last name Behaylo, a survivor of the Hindenburg crash? I read a very old newspaper article many years ago in Phoenix, AZ, where this person was listed.

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  2. My uncle was a Marine on the ground crew for the Hindenburg. But he never talked about it, at least not to me. My father told me about it. Both served in WW2.

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  3. George Grant was my Uncle who lived at Wandsworth. He was aboard Hindenburg as an “agent”, possibly reporting on the flight, and escaped by jumping out of a window when it was about 10 to 20 feet from the ground, landing safely, then a big German landed on him, breaking his back. As a young lad I always remember he asked me occasionally to knock on his chest or back, which produced a resounding hollow metallic noise. He lived with this contraption like an “iron jacket” all the rest of his life until he died in about 1946. I was six when the accident happened.

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  4. Suzanne merrill | August 22, 2015 at 7:46 pm | Reply

    Was there a dog on board the Hindenberg? If so, did it survive?

    Thanks

    Suzanne Merrill

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    Jerry de Pape Reply:

    Passenger Joseph Späh, a German acrobat who survived the fire. He brought with him a dog, a German shepherd named Ulla, as a surprise for his children (Ulla did not survive the crash).

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    Chris Reply:

    In the movie, the dog (a Dalmatian) survives when the saboteur releases her from the cage as he lays dying. This leads me to believe that, in reality, the poor dog was likely trapped in the cage throughout the disaster. Incidentally, Irene Doehner (the teenage daughter of Hermann Doehner) survives in the movie, though in reality, she died with her father. Her mother and two younger brothers escaped.

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  5. I have a family member that died in the accident

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  6. I have heard about it before and one of my family members died in the accident

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  7. Bill Reynolds | May 5, 2015 at 12:42 am | Reply

    My father, Stephen M. Reynolds, was a work colleague of the daughter of John and Emma Pannes, the New York couple who died in the crash. We were told that the Pannes’ daughter was at the terminal to pick up her parents and witnessed the crash. Does anyone know anything about their daughter or anyone else in the Pannes family?

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  8. I am related to Edward Douglas. My mother’s maiden name was Douglas. We have a photograph of Edward as a baby and were told that he was killed as a young man in the crash of the Hindenberg.

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    Dan Grossman Reply:

    Thank you for your comment! You should view my friend Patrick Russell’s excellent article on Edward Douglas (although you may have already found it) and Patrick might like to hear from you. Send me an email and I can give you Patrick’s address.

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    Judy Welsh Reply:

    Thanks so much for your reply. I have been in contact with Patrick and he has been so helpful in sending me information about Edward and that branch of the Douglas family.

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  9. My grandfather answered the fire call for the Hindenburg

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  10. david helms | July 7, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Reply

    does anyone know how i could get in touch with either of the doehner brothers? thanks for anyway you can help.

    david

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  11. OMG I feel so sorry for the doehner family the little boys lost there dad and sister. D:

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  12. Is there any way to reach any living relative or a friend who is accociated with Edouard Douglas, one of the misfortunate passsengers of Hindenburg. I may have a post card written by him just before the flight. So, I need to know some details.
    Thank you.
    Nermin Bezmen

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    Patrick Russell Reply:

    Hi Nermin,

    Drop me an email at Rumi68@gmail.com. I may be able to help out (though I can’t promise anything for sure.)

    Patrick Russell

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  13. hi this is rachel it is amazing in how people jumped out t save there life and childrend s life btw im 14 so gtg ttyl bye

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  14. hi this is rachel and i have to say the distroy of the hindenburg is just amazing i cant belive so many people died from just one spark that started it all!!!!!!!it is amazing ow people just jumped out of the windows to save there life and for children!!!well i gtg ttyl bye

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  15. this website helps me so much with my report it really helps me realize how tragic the crash of the Hindenburg really was

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  16. Pardon me, but wasn’t Irene Doehner the daughter of Hermann Doehner?

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    Dan (Airships.net) Reply:

    That was just a transcription error (which has been fixed). Thanks for pointing out the mistake.

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