The famous dams raid in May 1943 was made possible only by the fusion of cutting-edge technology with the raw courage of a hand-picked squadron of RAF airmen. The incredible bouncing bomb, used to devastating effect by 617 Squadron on the Ruhr dams, was the vanguard of a whole train of technical developments that made this and other precision raids possible. Using the "Haynes Manual" approach, Iain Murray describes the technology behind the bouncing bomb as well as the heavily modified Lancasters that were used to deliver the weapons.
Dr Iain Murray was born in 1964 in Greenock. He is a lecturer in the School of Computing at the University of Dundee, where he teaches aspects of computing to students at all levels. His research interests include speech synthesis and communication technology.
He is the Treasurer of the Tayside & Fife Branch of the British Science Association, and a member of the organisation's national Council.
He has been interested in the work of Sir Barnes Wallis for many years, and has spoken about this research to many groups, including the Royal Aeronautical Association and the Barnes Wallis Memorial Trust.