ASTAFFORDSHIRE scuba diver has taken part in a daring mission to raise two historic Dam Busters bouncing bombs
from a Scottish loch.
Above and below: The Highball bouncing bomb
after it was raised from the bottom of Loch Striven
It''s a journey that brings her into contact with Chloe Straver, 20, who is the greatgreat-niece of Guy Gibson, the highly experienced young officer who led the raid; and Felix Clarke, 20, the great-grandson of Edward Cuthbert Johnson, the bomb aimer whose skill enabled his bouncing bomb
to breach the Eder Dam.
As the author makes abundantly clear in his Preface and throughout, Barnes Wallis was most definitely not a 'one hit wonder' and the book also describes his many other engineering achievements and inventions, beginning years before the bouncing bomb
lt;B A Lancaster bomber dropping the bouncing bomb
in the war
As the service ended, people left the church to the theme from the Dambusters - the 1955 film telling the story of the WI bouncing bomb
RAF raid in Germany's industrial heartland.
The BSAC Highball dive team and (below) The Dam Busters film poster, a Lancaster bomber dropping a bouncing bomb
and inventer Sir Barnes Wallis
After the war when the Government was making awards to inventors whose genius had contributed so vitally towards victory, a grateful nation gave PS10,000 to bouncing bomb
inventor Barnes Wallis.
In May and July 1942 at Nant y Gro, in the Elan Valley, near Rhayader, Barnes Wallis carried out two experiments that would lead to the invention of his bouncing bomb
The bouncing bomb
was much more precise but required dangerous tactics to succeed - attacking a well defended target at low level at night.
The daughter of bouncing bomb
inventor Barnes Wallis speaks of her pride on the raid's 70th anniversary Pages 6-7 Managing director of The Public art gallery makes plea over plans to turn it into a college Page 10 Blow for airport's dreams of becoming major national hub Pages 12-13 Woman who fought against dreadful working conditions in Birmingham is honoured Page 15 Russian delegation visits the region to buy beef - 26 years after BSE ban was first introduced Page 16 Midland water giant rejects takeover approach from overseas consortium Page 22 LETTERS PAGES 28-29 NEIL ELKES PAGE 30 STATESIDE PAGE 31 JONATHAN WALKER PAGE 32 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY PAGES 36-37 LEGAL PAGE 38-39 FINANCE PAGE 40 CREATIVE PAGE 42 MANUFACTURING PAGE 43 SPORT PAGES 48-51
Also, their designer Sir Barnes Wallis liked to holiday in the Lakes - his favoured Scafell Hotel now has a Barnes Wallis Suite in his honour - while some claim he came up with the idea of the iconic bouncing bomb
used in the raid while skipping stones in the lakes, although, truth be told, many have made similar claims.
The mission was branded a success and immortalised in the 1955 movie, which starred Michael Redgrave as engineer Barnes Wallis, creator of the bouncing bomb
, and D-Day veteran Richard Todd as Wing Commander Guy Gibson.
He signed up at 18, the year before war was declared, and five years later the Flying Officer was a flight engineer and flew with Sq-Ldr Micky Martin during the famous raid equipped with Barnes Wallace's bouncing bomb
The temporary show, which highlights the legendary exploits by 617 Squadron Bomber Command, will be opened at 11am by Barnes Wallis Jnr, eldest son of Sir Barnes Neville Wallis, designer of the revolutionary Bouncing Bomb