Lancaster_attacks_Schildescher_Viadukt_Bielefeld_c1945

Still from film taken by the RAF Film Production Unit, showing an Avro Lancaster of No. 617 Squadron RAF flying over the target during a daylight raid on the railway viaduct at Schildesche, Bielefeld, Germany. Smoke can be seen rising from a near miss. 18 aircraft of the Squadron bombed the viaduct with 5,450 kg (12,000 lb) “Tallboy” deep-penetration bombs and several direct hits were claimed, but subsequent photographic-reconnaissance evidence showed the viaduct to be still intact. The viaduct was attacked repeatedly but only collapsed after using 10,000 kg (22,000 lb) “Grand Slam” bombs on 14 March 1945.