Although his name will be forever linked with inventions which greatly contributed to the Allied victory in Second World War - the bouncing bombs
, the Wellington, the Tallboy and Grand Slam "earthquake bombs" - Barnes had many more marvellous inventions.
The story of the bouncing bomb
and the mission was made into the film The Dambusters starring Sir Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd in 1954 - part of this film were shot in Snowdonia.
The raid is, of course, synonymous with the use of the specially developed bouncing bombs
, codenamed Upkeep, invented by Barnes Wallis, which were designed to be dropped from a low altitude and skim along the From 19 surface of the water into the dams.
The museum has examples of all three of the legendary Barnes Wallis bombs, including the bouncing bomb
Their mission was to fly just 60ft above the ground, at night, into heavily defended enemy territory and launch their newly invented bouncing bombs
at three vital German dams.
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
A BUILDING at the Longbridge car plant designed by bouncing bomb
inventor Sir Barnes Wallis is at the centre of a preservation campaign.
Dambusters:Building the Bouncing Bomb
(C4, 8pm) Cambridge lecturer Dr Hugh Hunt is an expert on rotating objects, and in this documentary he takes on the task of trying to recreate the raid on the dams of the Ruhr valley.
Monday: Dambusters: Building the Bouncing Bomb
(Channel 4, 8pm) What's It All About?
Barnes Wallis believed a bouncing bomb
that would clear protective nets, smash into the dam wall then sink to 30 feet and explode would break the dam.
THE designer of the bouncing bomb
used in the Second World War Dambusters raid was remembered yesterday in a flypast on the mission's 60th anniversary.
THE BOUNCING BOMB
THE plan for the Dambusters raid originated early in the Second World War - some sources cite as early as 1940 - when aeronautical engineer Dr Barnes Wallis, proposing the use of a 10-ton bomb from an altitude of about 40,000 ft on German dams, was forced to re-think as no bomber aircraft was capable at the time of flying at that altitude with such a heavy payload.
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.
In 1943 the unit's first mission - the audacious bouncing bomb
raid - destroyed vital dams in Nazi Germany.
Dambusters: Building The Bouncing Bomb
(Channel 4, 8pm) ON MAY 16 and 17, 1943, 617 Squadron, a specially formed unit of 19 Lancaster bombers, staged one of the most audacious raids in history with a revolutionary new weapon - the bouncing bomb