Barnes Wallis's Bouncing Bomb


Herne Bay has 2 special links with the famous 1943 Dambuster Raid.

  • Prototypes of the bomb were tested at sea off Reculver, observed by inventor Barnes Wallis and his team from the land. The bombs were actually mines filled with a harmless substance, and many were retrieved from the mud to be analysed at nearby RAF Manston, but enough still remained to be raised in later years, as is the case with the example in the Museum.
  • A young pilot called Warner ‘Bill’ Otley flew on the Dambuster Raid and died. He had been too young to join up at the start of the war, and had originally belonged to the Home Guard.

Visit the Museum to see:

  • the Dambuster prototype ‘bomb’ from World War Two
  • images of Bill Otley
  • Otley’s posthumous medal
Barnes Wallis's bouncing bomb prototype on display at Herne Bay Museum

Barnes Wallis's Bouncing Bomb prototype on display at Herne Bay Museum and Gallery.

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How to find us

Herne Bay Museum and Gallery
12 William Street, CT6 5EJ

Nine miles from Canterbury via A28 and A291. Nearest station: One mile from Herne Bay train station

Phone: 01227 367368



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