Operation Manna documents Krell’s participation in the WWII humanitarian missions in the Netherlands during what is known as the Hungerwinter of 1945. The article Max Krell 96th Chowhound mission The Hague, tells his experience on May 1st in one of the 400 American planes that dropped 800 tons of food in the vicinity of the Hague and Rotterdam. Krell is quoted as saying, “After hauling bombs and being shot at by enemy fighters and antiaircraft fire it was a great experience to see so many people being happy because we could bring them something to eat.”
The article also explains that before flying the mission, Krell shaved, “as he had done for every mission. It is necessary so he can comfortably wear the oxygen mask for several hours in a row.” Krell’s straight razor is among the effects in his metal box.
While Max Krell's collection of clothing and personal effects shows the diligence and orderliness that military men and women are often famous for, MTS is eager to improve the condition and storage of these items up to conservation levels. By doing so we will help preserve them so the coming generations can enjoy getting to know Max Krell and his military and humanitarian efforts in World War II.