Hindenburg Disaster – List of Officers and Crew

In addition to its 36 passengers, Hindenburg carried 61 other persons on its last flight; the regular crew of 40, plus 21 additional individuals who were aboard as observers or in training for upcoming assignment to Hindenburg’s sister ship, LZ-130, which was nearing completion.

Captain Max Pruss was in command, with three other qualified captains as watch officers; Captain Albert Sammt (who would later command LZ-130 Graf Zeppelin),  Captain Heinrich Bauer, and Captain Walter Ziegler.  Two other airship captains were also on board as observers; Captain Ernst Lehmann, who had commanded Hindenburg on many flights and was director of the DZR, and Captain Anton Wittemann, who was the regular captain of LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin.  (Wittemann would have been in command of Graf Zeppelin at the time of the Hindenburg disaster, but he had switched positions with Captain Hans von Schiller, who took Graf Zeppelin on a roundtrip to South America so he could attend a reunion in Germany.)  In all, there were six qualified zeppelin captains in the control car when Hindenburg crashed at Lakehurst.

The following list of officers and crew 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 as a result of the crash

OFFICERS
Captain Max Pruss, Commanding
Captain Albert Sammt (watch officer)
Captain Heinrich Bauer (watch officer)
[Captain] Walter Ziegler, Watch Officer
Captain Ernst Lehmann (observer)*
Captain Anton Wittemann (observer)

NAVIGATORS
Max Zabel, Navigator
Christian Nielsen, Navigator
Franz Herzog, Navigator
Kurt Bauer, Navigator

RADIO OFFICERS
Willy Speck, Chief Radio Officer*
Herbert Dowe, Radio Officer
Franz Eichelmann, Radio Officer*
Egon Schweikart, Radio Officer

ENGINEERING OFFICERS

Rudolf Sauter, Chief Engineer
Eugen Schäubel, Engineering Officer
Wilhelm Dimmler, Engineering Officer*

ELEVATORMEN
Ludwig Felber*
Ernst Huchel*
Eduard Boetius

HELMSMEN
Alfred Bernhard*
Helmut Lau
Kurt Schönherr

ELECTRICIANS
Philip Lenz, Chief Electrician
Joseph Leibrecht
Ernst Schlapp*

ENGINE MECHANICS
Walter Bahnholzer*
Eugen Bentele
August Deutschle
Rudy Bialas*
Jonny Doerflein
Adolf Fischer
Albert Holderried*
Richard Kollmer
Robert Moser*
Alois Reisacher*
Theodor Ritter
Raphael Schädler
Willy Scheef*
Josef Schreibmuller*
Wilhelm Steeb
Alfred Stöckle*
German Zettel

RIGGERS
Ludwig Knorr, Chief Rigger*
Hans Freund
Erich Spehl*

STEWARDS
Heinrich Kubis, Chief Steward
Wilhelm Balla
Fritz Deeg
Max Henneberg
Severin Klein
Eugen Nunnenmacher
Max Schulze*
Emilie Imhoff (Stewardess)*

SHIP’S DOCTOR
Dr. Kurt Rudiger

COOKS
Xaver Maier, Chief Cook
Richard Muller*
Albert Stöffler
Alfred Grözinger
Fritz Flackus*
Werner Franz (mess boy)

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Pam Deep

I heard stories that my grandfather was one of the navy men on the ground helping the Hindenburg land. Maybe was to hold one of the moors? Is there a way to find a list of the navy men who were working the ground crew that day? I would love… Read more »

Kathryn E. Jones
Kathryn E. Jones

My last name is Jones and so is my mother and my father last name is Sears I am doing a school project on the Hindenburg. I was wondering if anyone from the crash was a relative of mine. It would be cool for my project if I talked about… Read more »

Andrew T. Schlapp Jr
Andrew T. Schlapp Jr

Ernst Schlapp was one of my relatives.

Shelly porter
Shelly porter

Is there a list of the ground crew. My grandfather Glen Porter is mentioned as a 19 year old Army private assigned to docking duty on this day. He passed in 1991.

Terry Moser
Terry Moser

Robert Moser is listed as a engine mechanic. If anyone has additional information concerning him, it would be greatly appreciated especially if he was originally from Germany or Switzerland. Thank-you

T.Figlock MD.

Is there documentation that HINDENBERG crew were military reservists?

Nancy Steeb
Nancy Steeb

Hello to all who are interested in the Hindenburg, my last name is Steeb, and my grandfather came from Kochersteinfeld GR. in 1910, as far as I know, he is the only one who left home to come to America, He had a brother named Wilhelm and I cannot help… Read more »

richard foley
richard foley

i have a postcard from The Hindenburg signed on the back by either a…

Willi Dalblery
Willi Dalbley
Willi Daelbler

Does anyone recognize any one of these names?

Patrick Russell

It’s probably Willi Döbler. He was an engine mechanic who fortunately didn’t happen to be aboard for the final flight.

Robert L. Miner
Robert L. Miner

Would like more information on the naval men that were on duty that day attempting to pull the ship down. My father was one of them. A list of those men should be made available.
Thank you, Bob

Lori Gafner
Lori Gafner

Mr. Miner,
Were you able to find a list of the ground crew? Our family history has that Earl Northrup died that day, but I’ve not been able to find a list of the ground crew.

Lori

Suzanna
Suzanna

I think I may be related to Captain Sammt. That was my mother’s maiden name. She was born in Germany in 1924. her name was Anna. How can I find out more? Where are the Captain’s descendants now?

Jessica
Jessica

Suzanna,

Albert Sammt was my great grand father. I do not recall anyone named Anna in our family tree, but I can research a little further, if you would like.

Greetings.

Jessica N.

david helms
david helms

would love to hear from you about your great-grandfather . i have been an airship researcher for almost 30 years. anything you can share about albert sammt would be greatly appreciated. hope to hear from you jessica. i will list my address. i can also share stories with you. david… Read more »