Sir Barnes Neville Wallis

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Sir Barnes Neville Wallis

Birthdate: (92)
Birthplace: Ripley, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: October 30, 1979 (92)
Effingham, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: Effingham, Surrey, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles Wallis and Edith E. Wallis
Husband of Molly Wallis
Father of Christopher Wallis; <private> Wallis; <private> Roe (Wallis) and Mary Eyre Stopes-Roe
Brother of John E.W. Wallis

Occupation: Scientist, engineer and inventor
Managed by: Michael Lawrence Rhodes
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About Sir Barnes Neville Wallis

Sir Barnes Neville Wallis, CBE, FRS, RDI, FRAeS (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 RAF 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 1954 film The Dam Busters, in which Wallis was played by Michael Redgrave. Among his other inventions were the geodetic airframe and the earthquake bomb.

Scientist, inventor and aeronautical engineer. He is primarilly known for inventing the bomb used by the British Royal Air Force in Operation Chastise (the dambusters raid) to attack the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe dams in the Ruhr area of Germany during The Second World War. On the 16th of May 1943, 19 Lancaster bombers of specially formed 617 squadron of the Royal Air Force under wing commander Guy Gibson, took off from R.A.F Scampton (Lincolnshire), under a full moon, to attack Germany's industrial capabilities. The operation was a technical success, although sadly, many aircrew lost their lives. Following the tragic loss of airmen, he made a willful effort never to endanger the lives of his test pilots. He designed other bombs including: the 6-ton Tall Boy and the 10-ton Grand Slam earthquake bombs (which were used to bomb enemy targets including the battleship Tirpitz). He was made a member of the Royal Society in 1954, and received a Knighthood for his work and service to his country, in 1968. He received many accolades in his lifetime and was rewarded with a 10,000 pounds Goverment Award which he gave to his old school. He was portrayed in the film "The Dambusters" (1954) by Michael Redgrave. (bio by: [fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=46790899" target="_blank s.canning)]

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Sir Barnes Neville Wallis's Timeline

September 26, 1887
Ripley, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 39
Age 47
October 30, 1979
Age 92
Effingham, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Effingham, Surrey, England