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To my surprise, the “Dam Busters” raid itself and the great engineering story of Barnes Wallis takes up only a fraction of the book — most of which is the development bickhill high precision bombing techniques, which I had had no idea was part of Squadron’s legacy. The book about The Raid.

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Eventually this was received in March I found the science behind the dam busting bombs and aiming equipment particularly fascinating. Savages Bbrickhill 70th Anniversary. Customers who bought this item also bought. Xambusters in and revised and updated inDam Busters tells the story of weapons scientist Sir Barnes Wallis and the Brickhil Squadron who delivered the specialized ordnance he designed to take out key German dams destroying their electric generators and flooding the areas down stream at great risk and at the cost of many casualties.

Barnes Wallis is an inspiring figure to any engineer, but the relentless way that obstacles are overcome, so that smaller and smaller raids can tackle more and more difficult targets, is what really drew me in to his story. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. He also knew that his father had paull annoyed that his book, which he had lent to the landlord in good faith, had apparently been mislaid. Plus the planes of that ddambusters could not carry more than one thousand-pounder and not even that one would provide a destructive flood over the industrial valleys downstream where the German war machine was in high gear.

While visiting Germany as part of his research for The Great EscapeBrickhill took the opportunity to visit the Ruhr valley to see the dams attacked during Operation Chastise. Going on to dambuster the squadron’s success in bombing the Tirpitz off the coast of Norway and the V1 and V2 bunkers in France, it paints a detailed picture of the lives of these young mensome younger than thatand it reads like a thriller.


Of the 76 officers who escaped, only three were successful; Hitler himself ordered the execution of 47 of the men who were recaptured.

At the same time Brickhill had been approached by John Pudney who had recently joined London based publisher Evans Brothers as an editor with a proposal to write a book on the Stalag Luft 3 mass escape.

Brickhill gives an account of Barnes Wallis, a kind gentle person and his sheer stubbornness in never wanting to give up in his achievements to succeed, which of course led to the bouncing bomb, the talking boy and the grandslam bombs which ultimately led dambhsters the formation of probably the most famous squadron in the Dambjsters, if not the world; Just imagine using a 4 engine Lancaster on low level mission after low level mission, dambustere courage these men had is hard to find in todays culture.

Thanks to a dmbusters library subscription, I have also come across four other earlier obituaries which are not generally available in online sources, but can be turned up in newspaper archives. I informed Vanessa Farnham that I was publishing this story, and she sent me the following comments: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

Subsequent feats included raids on heavily defended Nazi U-Boat pens, V-1 and V-2 secret flying bomb bases, the destruction of key bridges and aqueducts and sinking the German battleship Tirpitz. So far, I have come across these online postwar obituaries: Primary Menu Home About this blog.

Start dambysters The Dam Busters on your Kindle in under a minute. The Goodales moved back to England, after five years living in Newtownards, and then in Brian Goodale died of cancer aged just After all it was during the troubles and my father was in the armoured car business. Cradon had served as intelligence officer with the squadron.


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Dec 09, David Evans rated pauk it was amazing Shelves: I’m not usually one for non-fiction historical texts, most are written by accountants who are more interested in lists and stats rather than the stories of the people who were there. He is respectful of not only the nominal ‘heroes’ but also the victims of their heroic acts.

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Please try again later. This book gives vambusters story of Barnes Wallis’ ideas of bombing that shook the experts to the core. I thought, going into this book, that I might struggle with the technical aspects and find it a little hard-going as I’m generally not a reader of non-fiction.

He points out that dambysters family lived in Newtownards for five years, and that Brian Goodale had an important job with a well known local firm. I am truly amazed at the courage of these aircrew, this book is a tribute to them.

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Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. A bittersweet but worthwhile read.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Absolutely brilliant account of brickhilll Dam Busters Squadron. While I have nothing but minor interest and curiosity in the subject matter, this book came highly recommended by a friend. This was eventually to be published as The Great Escape. You could end up on television and with a tidy sum in your pocket. Read during High School. My Dad was not a literary man, nor a war hero, but he was a well known and respected Businessman in Newtownards, he was President of the local Rugby Dambustesr and a member of the Lions Club, the book was never secreted.