1st - 3rd December at 9pm on Channel 5 - Documentary about the bouncing bomb with film shot at Silvermere. A link to information on the programme here: https://www.channel5.com/show/the-dambusters/

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Headline: 1st - 3rd December at 9pm on Channel 5 - Documentary about the bouncing bomb with film shot at Silvermere. A link to information on the programme here: https://www.channel5.com/show/the-dambusters/
Summary: Some of you may remember that there was a film crew at Silvermere earlier this year filming scenes for a documentary about the bouncing bomb, part of Operation Chastise (The Dambusters Raid)

Silvermere was used by Barnes Wallis in the development of the 'Upkeep' bomb used on the raid. In 1942, Barnes Wallis and his secretary, rowing champion Amy Gentry, rowed out onto the lake where Wallis fired differently-shaped models from a catapult and Gentry then rowed to retrieve them. Later, in 1943, George Edwards, the manager of the Experimental department used the lake to demonstrate the mechanism for spinning and releasing the bombs.

Detail: Information on the development of the 'Upkeep bomb' here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bouncing_bomb#Upkeep

and Operation Chastise here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Chastise

and here for the article on Silvermere: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvermere



Published on: 26 November 2020