Post by Aardvark
Today is the seventieth anniversary of an amazingly daring (and
high-tech for the time) bomber raid, Operation Chastise, on the Ruhr
53 Lancaster crew members were lost on the raid.
I saw a program on the military channel about Operation Chastise. Barnes
Wallis developed the "bouncing bomb" where a barrel filled with high
explosives was dropped and bounced off the water to the face of the
Möhne Reservoir and Edersee Dams. The only way the dams could be
breached was to get high explosives right on the face of the dams and
The science behind it was so simple, but was only apparently obvious to
I didn't know there were so many air crews lost in doing this.
The Ruhr was a very heavily-defended area. Lots of manufacturing depended
on, and was situated on it.
Didn't Barnes Wallis develop the giant 20 ton bunker buster bombs as
He invented a number of machines of war, including the Wellington bomber.
There's a hangar at Liverpool airport he designed. I was on a refurb in
the building a few years ago when the interior was turned into a large,
two-tier open-plan office.
"I am not made like anyone I have seen; I dare believe I am not made
like anyone in existence. If I am not better, at least I am different."
-Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)