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These rusty relics are prototypes of the Dam busters 'Bouncing Bombs' recovered from the sea off the Kent coast where much of the testing was done. The display is housed at the RAF museum at Manston, well worth a visit.

Barnes Wallis first began to think of producing a bouncing bomb in 1941. He was aware that in the 19th century the British Navy had bounced cannon balls on water to increase their range. He began by carrying out experiments with marbles and a catapult on a tub of water in his garden. Later he tested his prototype at the National Physics Laboratory in Teddington. These tests were successful and the first bouncing bomb was dropped on Chesil Beach in December, 1942.

In February, 1943 Barnes Wallis was told to prepare these bouncing bombs for an attack on the Mohne and Eder dams in the Ruhr. The Dambusters Raid took place on 16th May 1943. The cylindrical bombs, that spun at 500 rpm, were dropped by Guy Gibson and the 617 Squadron at a height of 60 feet and at a speed of 240 miles an hour. The rotating bomb skipped over the water and exploded while sinking to the base of the retaining wall of the dam. The bombing produced heavy floods and badly damaged German production in the Ruhr.

To use the bouncing bomb the pilots had to fly very low and seven out of the 19 aircraft which took part in the raid were brought down by German anti-aircraft guns. The RAF could not sustain such high losses and the bomb was rarely used again during the war.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 650D
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Date Taken:29 Aug 2013 - 12:37 PM
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ISO:400
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Title:Dam Busters Bouncing Bomb
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Uploaded:18 Feb 2014 - 1:04 PM
Tags:Dam busters, General
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barbarahirst
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18 Feb 2014 - 1:09 PM

funnily my Greman uncle was locked up in Germany during the war to make such a thing for the Germans
He was a scientist and it was against his principles.
He escaped to Paris and eventually after the war went to live in Aus where he married my Australian aunt.

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digital_boi
18 Feb 2014 - 1:21 PM

a well remembered childhood memory put to good use to help shorten the war well documented

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ali63
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18 Feb 2014 - 1:42 PM

Excellent collection,

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Badgerfred
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18 Feb 2014 - 1:49 PM

Interesting set of images Ivor,
Fred.

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NDODS
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18 Feb 2014 - 1:53 PM

An informative and interesting narrative supported by a great set Ivor.

Regards Nathan

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cats_123
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18 Feb 2014 - 1:54 PM

I remember being taken to see the Möhne Dam on a student exchange trip when I was about 16....left an indelible image on my brain - necessary but not without wider consequences Sad

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Mollycat
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18 Feb 2014 - 2:24 PM

Interesting images from a moment in history Ivor.

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Nikonuser1
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18 Feb 2014 - 2:28 PM

Interesting images Ivor, saved for posteritySmile


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LynneJoyce
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18 Feb 2014 - 3:51 PM

Fascinating - V4 is my favourite.

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jadus
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18 Feb 2014 - 4:44 PM

Thanks Ivor, good set of documentary photos. Have you tried them in mono?

Jade

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lifesnapper
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18 Feb 2014 - 6:02 PM

a very interesting set, and still a great Story Ivor.

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rayme330
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18 Feb 2014 - 6:23 PM

Fascinating series of images and great write up Ivor.

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Fred263
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18 Feb 2014 - 7:14 PM

Great reportage & images, Ivor.

Fred

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EileenH
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18 Feb 2014 - 7:15 PM

Nice interesting setSmile

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18 Feb 2014 - 7:30 PM

Very interesting and informative Ivor. Cathy

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18 Feb 2014 - 8:43 PM

Great write up good shot - most interesting

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781969
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19 Feb 2014 - 3:13 AM

very good capture of heritage.

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19 Feb 2014 - 12:37 PM

It's a great story from our side of WW11 but so many people died in the aftermath of this raid, and as I recall the result wasn't as damaging as had been thought.

Dougie

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leontari
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19 Feb 2014 - 10:53 PM

A fascinating collection!!!. V1 and V4 are my fav.
Effrossini

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Mike_Smith
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20 Feb 2014 - 7:22 PM

I have always been interested in this story, i have watched the films many times, amazing bit of history here Ivor. Sir Barnes Neville Wallis died i think it was 1979

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20 Feb 2014 - 11:51 PM

Nice narration and set of images too.

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21 Feb 2014 - 8:46 AM

you are featured e2 piccy at the moment
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