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Of course, a lot of it was from street fighting and artillery, not just bombing.
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In 1941 and 1942 Malta was most bombed in terms of raids. However, "only" about 1,500 people died as a result. This is less than in dozens, possibly hundreds of individual raids.
Thus "worst" requires more definition before this can become a useful discussion.
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In Germany medium-sized towns suffered most, while metropolises like Cologne (12th, 70% destroyed) or Dresden (16th, 60% destroyed) rank lower.ManfredV wrote: ↑14 Jan 2007 19:24In Germany, fe. Hamburg, Dresden, Nuremberg and Berlin very heavily bombed, but when you look at the percentage of houses being destroyed, f.e. Wuerzburg and Pforzheim suffered more. There is a german statistic, but I didn´t found it yet in the net. But I think it was mentioned here. Does anyone know the link?
Number one is the city of Düren, bombed to rubbles and ashes by 51 air raids, 99.2% destroyed. From over 10,000 houses only 15 survived the war untouched.
Flight over Düren in March 45 (USAAF Special Film Project 186): https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:SFP ... ueren.webm
After the war there had been plans to abandon the lunar landscape and rebuild the city at another place.
Number two on the list is Wesel (97%) followed by Paderborn (96%).
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In terms of "most frequently bombed", Valletta (Malta) is on top of the list of European cites, followed by Kirkenes in northern Norway.
Kirkenes endured 328 soviet bombing-sorties (1012 air warnings were triggered), concentrated over a relative short period of time towards the end of the war, with up to 50 attacks each month.