But it took months for him to perfect his bouncing bomb
and he was forced to overcome prejudice towards his idea.
Victor Barnett was a radar engineer with 617 Squadron and became friends with bouncing bomb
inventor Sir Barnes Wallis.
John was an air gunner before joining the Dambusters 617 Squadron, serving as ground crew the night of the bouncing bomb
raids in May 1943.
More than 75 years ago the 19-strong convoy took off from the east of England each carrying a purpose built weapon, the bouncing bomb
, and dropped them in Nazi Germany's industrial heartland.
inventor Sir Barnes Wallis decided gobstoppers were the perfect time fuse.
The movie was released 12 years to the day of the original Second World War raid, which saw the RAF's 617 Squadron - the famous Dam Busters - carry out a raid on the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe Dams in the Ruhr Valley in Germany using a specially developed bouncing bomb
Barnes Wallis (left), inventor of the bouncing bomb
, with Michael Redgrave who plays him in the movie
, the movie The film also immortalised composer's Eric Coates's masterpiece The Dam Busters March, and opened with a royal premiere at the Empire Leicester Square in London, which was attended by Princess Margaret.
Living inEffinghamfor the majority of his life Sir Barnes Wallis was known for designing and developing the bouncing bomb
during the Second World War.
The legendary 617 Squadron of Lancaster bombers, famed for its daring bouncing bomb
raids on the Ruhr Valley dams 75 years ago, has been revived to welcome the stealth fighters, the RAF's latest warplanes.
, the movie The film also immortalised composer Eric Coates's masterpiece The Dam Busters March, and opened with a royal premiere at the Empire Leicester Square in London, which was attended by Princess Margaret.
Les Munro was a member of the RAF's famous 617 Squadron, whose "bouncing bomb
" raid shattered dams in Nazi Germany's industrial heartland during World War II.