Arguably more important.
The flak, firefighters, damage parties and night fighters took up iirc a million men of fighting capacity, and many more productive workers.
Like those Nazi divisions needed in Africa and the West, that's the sort of capability which could have turned things in Russia.
One of the factors that done for Dresden.
It's air defences were removed as they thought the city was safe.
They had alerts but hadn't been hit.
The Pathfinders put down the first markers within 50 yards of the aiming point.
The master bomber hung round directing the bombing which helped the firestorm.
The bombs were concentrated instead of scattered all over the city.