Wallis: the man who developed the bouncing bomb and the earthquake bomb.

Sir Barnes Neville Wallis CBE FRS RDI FRAeS[1] (26 September 1887 – 30 October 1979), was an English scientist, engineer and inventor. He is best known for inventing the bouncing bomb used by the Royal Air Force in Operation Chastise (the “Dambusters” raid) to attack the dams of the Ruhr Valley during World War II. The raid was the subject of the 1955 film The Dam Busters, in which Wallis was played by Michael Redgrave. Among his other inventions were the geodetic airframe and the earthquake bomb.  In my research this guy is tops.  But in a weird way he is connected to Joseph Kennedy and John F. Kennedy.  In my next blog I will explain.  But for now note the great stuff this guy came up with.


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Sir Barnes Wallis
Born Barnes Neville Wallis
26 September 1887
Ripley, Derbyshire, England
Died 30 October 1979 (aged 92)
Effingham, Surrey, England
Resting place St Lawrence’s Church, Effingham, Surrey
Residence Effingham, Surrey
Nationality British
Occupation Scientist, engineer and inventor
Known for Inventing the bouncing bomb
Awards Albert Medal (1968)
Royal Medal (1975)

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