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Stockport Bombing Map

circa 1942

Map showing areas in Stockport marked for bombing by German forces in the Second World War.

The map was recovered from Gatow Airfield in Berlin by a British airman in 1945.

The map has been adapted from a British Ordnance Survey map with additional information provided from aerial photographs. A list of targets can be seen on the right hand side. The top three are highlighted in red as railway systems, hospitals and cultural monuments. Stockport railway station can be clearly seen marked on the left hand side of the map with a red border. Other targets include the Gas and Sewage Works, Stockport Infirmary, Portwood Mills and the Art Gallery.

The visualisation of these local targets for bombing is chilling. It shows how Stockport’ s history could have been radically changed had these bombings taken place.