Barnes Neville

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Barnes Neville was born in Ripley, Derbyshire back in 1887 to Charles and Edith. Attending school first at Christ’s Hospital and then at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ Grammar School. He left at 17 to start working at Thames Engineering Works then to J. Samuel White’s shipbuilders on the Isle of Wright.

He graduated from the University of London External Program in 1922, with a degree in engineering. He was the first to use a geodesic design airframe (look that one up). With the outbreak of WWII, he joined the Royal Naval Air Service. It was during WWII where he left his mark in the history books, more on why in a moment.

After the war, he worked for the Vickers-Armstrongs Research & Development Department working on futuristic aerospace projects. One of them the “Swallow” looks like one of the SR-1 bombers.

What you may not know about Barnes Neville Wallis was that he designed the bouncing bomb used in the Royal Air Force for Operation Chastise to attack the dams of the Ruhr Valley during WWII. The raid was turned into a movie in 1955 called The Dam Busters. I’ve seen it several times.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another piece of history I didn't know....keep those coming....

Feb 03, 2019 03:00 AM #1
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Not much I ever knew about war anything...interesting !

Feb 03, 2019 04:03 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Heard of the bouncing bomb but not who designed it and definitely not the movie. Enjoy your day 

Feb 03, 2019 04:33 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I knew of the design but not the movie.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 03, 2019 05:05 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning,  James - and he was older during WWII than the average soldier I imagine. Another interesting story.

Feb 03, 2019 05:15 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I have never heard of a bouncing bomb, I learn daily from your posts.  Enjoy your day my friend!

Feb 03, 2019 05:15 AM #6
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

How did you find that film, would love to see it.

Feb 03, 2019 05:46 AM #7
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... I'm way behind in my history... never heard of this man, never heard of this bomb, never heard of this movie! But now I have!

Feb 03, 2019 06:34 AM #8
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi James.  I knew about this gentleman as we used some of his data when we were designing frangible bouncing containers for dropping tanks out of a C-141 without parachutes.

Feb 03, 2019 06:40 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is some story. I never hear of the film but will look for it.

Feb 03, 2019 07:59 AM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I have watched a lot of WWII movies but I have never heard of the movie, The Dam Busters. Going to look that one up.

Feb 03, 2019 08:13 AM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James, I can not say I have seen that movie ever.  Hope you are ready for the super bowl today!


Feb 03, 2019 08:27 AM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Never heard of the bouncing bomb, but I so enjoy learning this stuff thanks to you.  A

Feb 03, 2019 09:28 AM #13
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Hey there James! I remember that movie, how the bomb would bounce on the ground before hitting the target. The problem was that they could not bomb from overhead because the stronghold was at the bottom of a vertical cliff.  Low flying planes through the valley would get decimated.  How bout that!  Thanks for another great historical narrative!

Feb 03, 2019 10:04 AM #14
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

No telling what might have happened or not happened had he not designed the "bouncing bomb" to take out those dams. He definitely had an impact on the war as a result.

Feb 03, 2019 11:54 AM #15
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Now I've got to look up "bouncing bomb" just to see what the heck that is all about James Dray 

Feb 03, 2019 01:32 PM #16
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Loved the dam buster movie and the skipping bombs to take out the dams was pure genius James Dray 

Feb 03, 2019 02:16 PM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I don't know how in the world I missed this movie but I'm going to check it out. 

Feb 03, 2019 03:38 PM #18
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James I watched that movie and I do not recall that he was mentioned as the inventor...go figure, but I am getting forgetful in my old age:)Endre

Feb 03, 2019 10:18 PM #19
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