Sir Barnes Neville Wallis, English aeronautical designer, c 1960s.
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Photographed at home with his wife Molly, Sir Barnes Neville Wallis (1887-1979) is English aeronautical designer and inventor of the bouncing bomb. Wallis designed for Vickers the R100 airship, but this development ended in Britain when the R101 crashed, so Wallis began producing aircraft designs which combined lightnes with strength, and applied this to the 'Wellesley', and the 'Wellington' bombers. With the succes of his bouncing bomb, Wallis was allowed by the authorities to produce heavy, penetration bombs - the 'Tallboy' and 'Grand Slam'.