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The Bouncing Bomb


11th - 20th March 2022
There is a proverb in English - necessity is the mother of invention. Its origin dates back to Plato's Republic. So for British Science Week, we will be looking at a few innovations from the Second World War. Some were unique to that moment in time, but some have stayed with us to this day.
A bouncing bomb is a bomb designed to bounce to a target across water in a calculated manner to avoid obstacles such as torpedo nets and to allow both the bomb's speed on arrival at the target and the timing of its detonation to be pre-determined, in a similar fashion to a regular naval depth charge.[Fn 1] The inventor of the first such bomb was the British engineer Barnes Wallis, whose "Upkeep" bouncing bomb was used in the RAF's Operation Chastise of May 1943 to bounce into German dams and explode underwater, with an effect similar to the underground detonation of the Grand Slam and Tallboy earthquake bombs, both of which he also invented.
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Why not use the achievement of Sir Barnes Wallis, 617 Squadron and The Bouncing Bomb as your theme to decide upon your start point.

Here is a map - with one or two of the significant locations in this story. I am sure with a little research you could find more.

We've also attached a link to the National Cycle Network Site to help you plan your route.