Sir Barnes Neville Wallis(1887-1979), Aeronautical designer and engineer
Sitter in 13 portraits
Born in Ripley, Derbyshire, Wallis originally trained as a marine engineer. However, in 1913 he went to work for the engineering firm 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.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below
by Bassano Ltd
contact sheet of twelve 2 1/4 inch square film negatives, 31 December 1970