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Psychogeographical mapping of coincidence in Leeds and Dortmund. Drifting through superimposed narratives of two cities at once. The Leeds-Dortmund Project

||| dortmund 1943 |||
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Dortmund bombed.

The production of bombs at the company Carl Treeck in Dortmund suffered a loss of 50%. Hoerde of Dortmund could not finish 17 complete kits for the tank V "Panther" in May 1943. Losses in the delivery of the Dortmunder coal. The cause for these losses was less by direct bomb damage, but by losses of the mostly foreign forced laborers and prisoners of war due to escape, illness, absence of work or death by the bomb attacks in May 1943.
[Translated from]

4/5 May
Aircraft: 596 BC Target: Dortmund, town area

The material damage in the cities and towns on the Rhine and the Ruhr was immense. For example, an air raid on Dortmund in the night of May 4/5, 1943, within hours destroyed almost the whole city center with its medieval historical monuments.
[Translated from German]

... severe damage was caused in central and northern parts of Dortmund. The city's report states that 1,218 buildings were destroyed and 2,141 seriously damaged, including the Hoesch and the Dortmunder Union steel factories and many factories in the dock area. The old Rathaus was among 7 buildings of a cultural nature which were destroyed. At least 693 people were killed, including 200 prisoners of war, and 1,075 people were injured. The number of dead in this raid was a new record.
M. Middlebrook & C. Everitt, The Bomber Command War Diaries, p.384

23/24 May
Aircraft: 826 BC Target: Dortmund, town area
Largest air raid until this date.

The heaviest RAF raid of war to date is made against Dortmund, during which 2,000 tons of explosives are dropped.

The RAF launches a heavy raid on Dortmund, dropping 2,000 tons of bombs.

After a 9-day break in major operations, Bomber Command dispatched 826 aircraft on this raid, the greatest number in a 'non-1,000' raid so far in the war and the largest raid of the Battle of the Ruhr...

It was a very successful raid. Large areas in the centre, the north and the ease of Dortmund were devastated. Nearly 2,000 buildings were completely destroyed. Many industrial premises were hit, particularly the large Hoesch steelworks, which ceased production. 599 people were killed, 1,275 injured and the bodies of about 25 other people were never found. Dortmund was not attacked in strength again by Bomber Command until exactly 1 year after this raid.

M. Middlebrook & C. Everitt, The Bomber Command War Diaries, p.390

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