The project has received backing from Mary Stopes-Roe, daughter of late British engineer Sir Barnes Wallis, who invented Britain's bouncing bombs
SCUBA divers are preparing for a daring underwater mission to recover two bouncing bombs
- the weapons actually seen in famed World War II movie The Dam Busters.
They were the naval or anti-ship version of the cylindrical Upkeep bouncing bombs
used by the RAF in the Dam Busters mission of May 1943.
Inset, an Avro Lancaster carrying out a live testing of a bouncing bomb
in May 1943.
Ed Parsons, Welsh Water's area lands manager at the Elan Valley, said: "This is such a peaceful location, so it's hard to believe that 70 years ago, a large hole was blown in the Nant-y-Gro Dam during initial testing of the bouncing bomb
To the rest of the world Barnes Wallis was the brilliant mind behind the bouncing bombs
- an invention that went down in history on the night of the Dam Buster raids 70 years ago.
The concept of the bouncing bomb
wasn't new as Naval gunners as far back as the 16th and 17th Century discovered they could extend the range of their cannon balls by 'bouncing' them off the water.
So Wallis came up with the idea of a bouncing bomb
, which would be dropped from a normal aircraft at 60ft altitude but would skim the surface like a flat stone.
The museum has examples of all three of the legendary Barnes Wallis bombs, including the bouncing bomb
1942: Barnes Wallis (pictured) patented the bouncing bomb
which was used against the German Mohne and Eder dams in 1943 by the RAF Dambusters Squadron.
A SET of marbles used by inventor Barnes Wallis to help design the Dambusters' bouncing bomb
sold for PS27,200 last night.
A BUILDING at the Longbridge car plant designed by bouncing bomb
inventor Sir Barnes Wallis is at the centre of a preservation campaign.