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Sir Barnes Neville Wallis (1887-1979), Aeronautical designer and engineer
Sitter in 12 portraits
Aeronautical designer and engineer. Born at Ripley, Derbyshire, in 1913 Wallis went to work for Vickers at Barrow designing the R9 rigid airship, completed in 1916. After the war he worked on the airship R80, which flew in 1920. At Vickers at Cardington, he developed airships for commercial routes to India and contributed to aeroplane designs including the Wellesley and Wellington bombers. Wallis devised the 'bouncing' bombs associated with the 'Dambuster' raids used by Lancaster bombers to destroy the Möhne and Eder Dams in May 1943. He worked for Vickers until 1971.