Sir Barnes Neville Wallis was born the son of a doctor on 26 September 1887 in Ripley, Derbyshire. Sir Barnes Wallis worked first at a marine engineering firm and in 1913 he moved to Vickers, where he designed airships, including the R100.
In 1930 Wallis transferred to working on aircraft. His achievements included the first use of geodesic design in engineering, which was used in his development of the Wellesley and Wellington bombers. When World War Two began in 1939, Wallis was Assistant Chief Designer at Vickers Aviation section. Sir Barnes Wallis went onto design the bouncing bomb, where he held the trials off of the shores of Herne Bay.
Tom White, the world renowned sculpture from Maine in the USA has created the life-size statue of Sir Barnes Wallis in bronze.
70 Years ago today Lancaster’s of 617 squadron took to the skies heading to Nazi Germany to used the first ever Precision-guided munitions . Fly just over 100 feet above sea level until they found their targets, taking AA fire all the way before dropping to 60 feet to drop their bomb. An amazing feat of bravery and courage..
Bill and his crew arrived to join them during the first week of April, later than the rest, getting airborne for the first time on April 8.
Over the next five weeks they continually practiced low-level and night-flying, although at the time the exact details of the target, and indeed the weapon, were unknown to them.
The latter would, in later years, become known as the bouncing bomb, the famous revolving weapon designed by Dr (later Sir) Barnes Wallis, which was intended to be dropped at very low-level over a lake, and ricochet across its surface towards the dam at the far end, where it would, if dropped correctly, strike the dam wall before sinking and exploding.
The bombs were tested at Reculver, near Bill’s family home.
Bill was part of the last wave of five aircraft, which were to be diverted en-route as and where they might be needed.
He led the wave-off at nine minutes past midnight on May 17, and set course across the sea towards Germany.
June 6, 1997 It was announced on the BBC World News tonight that four of the prototype “bouncing bombs” invented by Barnes Wallace and tested off Reculver had been discovered still sitting in the mud offshore. Three of these “bombs”, each weighing approximately four tons and as prototypes containing no explosive, were recovered today while the fourth is expected to be retrieved tomorrow. It is hoped that they will eventually be placed on permanent display somewhere in Kent.
The final versions of these bombs were dropped on the Ruhr Dams by a team of Lancaster bombers led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, D.S.O.,D.F.C. (later to be awarded the V.C.). The development of the bombs, their testing and the final attack was immortalized in the 1955 film, “The Dam Busters” starring Richard Todd as Guy Gibson and Michael Redgrave as Barnes Wallace.
Being ill doesnt stop me from having ab interest in planes and this is a wonderful Anniversary
I have a busy evening as I have to go to a meeting
So I and the residents have to attend to fight a case that it is to close to the residents for such waste station.
I will report on this tomorrow .http://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway_messenger/news/Residents-to-attend-asbestos-meeting-765/