Bought a book at the flea market awhile back. It is called "The 20th Century Year by Year" and is quite interesting. Since I was born in the second month of 1943, naturally I looked at that year first. It was late in WW2 and some new destructive devices were being developed. I am going to tell you about the one that got my attention and I thought it was quite unique.
This Dambusters' bomb (nicknamed "the bouncing bomb") was developed by the engineer Barnes Wallis and during the night hours between May 17th and May 18th a raid was carried out on the Nohne and Eder dams in Germany. These dams provided power for the German industrial district of the Ruhr. The 617th Squadron of the Royal Air Force was specially trained to drop these new and unique bombs. Both dams were destroyed and over a thousand people were killed.
This bomb worked way better than conventional bombs. It was specifically designed just for dams. It took precision flying against heavy antiaircraft fire but was accomplished by a well trained crew. This special ball shaped bomb had to be dropped at a precise altitude and a precise distance fromt the dam. It then bounced along the surface of the water until it reached the dam where it then sank and exploded. Now that is an unique device that I never heard of. Have any of you heard about that "bouncing" bomb? This gives a different perspective to the term "follow the bouncing ball", doesn't it. Now, you all have a peaceful and wonderful day, you hear? For us, it is off to the flea market. BTW, glad blogger is working for me today.