The last survivor of the Hindenburg crash has passed on.
Yes, Werner G. Doehner, who was a boy of eight years when the 800 foot long Hindenburg Zeppelin exploded and crashed in Lakehurst New Jersey on May 6, 1937, has died. As a boy, traveling with his parents from Germany and on to Mexico, lost his father and siblings in the worst Zeppelin disaster to ever hit New Jersey. He went on to a career in electrical engineering before retiring to the aptly named, but too late to use, town of Parachute, Colorado.
Mr. Doehner was 90 years old. Not certain if he smoked a pipe or not.
Natural helium is pretty rare and the Germans were pretty good at chemistry and playing with water. Like heavy water and other experiments like biomass fuels, hydrogen would have been a by product. The German people are held in disdain because of what happened in WWII but all that aside the they were the best scientists of that era. Without the Germans we would have not made it to the moon or created the atomic bomb.