The Dam Busters
The Dam Busters is a 1955 British epic war film starring Richard Todd and Michael Redgrave. It was directed by Michael Anderson. The film recreates the true story of Operation Chastise when in 1943 the RAF's 617 Squadron attacked the Möhne, Eder, and Sorpe dams in Nazi Germany with Barnes Wallis's bouncing bomb.
In early 1942, aeronautical engineer Barnes Wallis is struggling to develop a means of attacking Germany's dams in the hope of crippling German heavy industry. Working for the Ministry of Aircraft Production, as well as his own job at Vickers, he works feverishly to make practical his theory of a bouncing bomb which would skip over the water to avoid protective torpedo nets. When it hit the dam, backspin would make it sink whilst retaining contact with the wall, making the explosion far more destructive. Wallis calculates that the aircraft will have to fly extremely low to enable the bombs to skip over the water correctly, but when he takes his conclusions to the Ministry, he is told that lack of production capacity means they cannot go ahead with his proposals.
|author||R. C. Sherriff|
|events||aviation World War II|
|keywords||aeronautical engineer arthur travers harris avro lancaster barnes wallis bouncing bomb break germany\'s heavy industry id lancaster lancaster bomber minister of aircraft production ministry of aircraft production nazi germany prime minister raf bomber command sir arthur bomber harris struggle torpedo nets vickers vickers-armstrongs wing commander winston churchill|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Special Effects|
|producer||Robert Clark W. A. Whittaker|
|productionCompany||Associated British Picture Corporation|
|publisher||Universal Pictures Warner Bros.|