Barnes Wallace was truly a great British inventor. Apart from the famous 'bouncing bomb', first used against the German dams by 617 squadron, he was also responsible for the design of the Vickers Wellington, one of the best bomber aircraft of the Second World War, and was also involved with pre-war airship development. The British are all too quick to forget people like Barnes Wallace, as if honouring a weapons inventor is somehow 'triumphalist'. We needed him during the war, and this statue, erected near to where the bouncing bomb was tested, honours his memory. Pity it wasn't erected in Trafalgar Square! Hopefully, this statue will encourage a younger generation to find out more about him, and the many others like him, whose back-room boffin work helped save us from the horrors of the Nazis. Why not look him up on Google?
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