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Barnes Wallis
Sir Barnes Neville Wallis CBE FRS RDI FRAeS[3] (26 September 1887 – 30 October 1979), was an English scientist, engineer and inventor. He is best known for inventing the bouncing bomb used by the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
in Operation Chastise
Operation Chastise
(the "Dambusters" raid) to attack the dams of the Ruhr Valley
Ruhr Valley
during World War II. The raid was the subject of the 1955 film The Dam Busters, in which Wallis was played by Michael Redgrave
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Sub-lieutenant
Sub-lieutenant
Sub-lieutenant
is a junior military officer rank. In many navies, a sub-lieutenant is a naval commissioned or subordinate officer, ranking below a lieutenant. In the Royal Navy (RN) the rank of sub-lieutenant is equivalent to the rank of lieutenant in the British Army
British Army
and of flying officer in the Royal Air Force (RAF). In some armies, sub-lieutenant is the lowest officer rank
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World War II
Allied victoryCollapse of Nazi Germany Fall of Japanese and Italian Empires Dissolution of the League of Nations Creation of the United Nations Emergence of the United States
United States
and the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
as superpowers Beginning of the Cold War
Cold War
(more...)ParticipantsAllied Powers Axis PowersCommanders and leadersMain Allied leaders Joseph Stalin Franklin D
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Strategic Bombing
Strategic bombing
Strategic bombing
is a military strategy used in a total war with the goal of defeating the enemy by destroying its morale or its economic ability to produce and transport materiel to the theatres of military operations, or both. It is a systematically organized and executed attack from the air which can utilize strategic bombers, long- or medium-range missiles, or nuclear-armed fighter-bomber aircraft to attack targets deemed vital to the enemy's war-making capability. One of the aims of war is to demoralize the enemy, so that peace or surrender becomes preferable to continuing the conflict. Strategic bombing has been used to this end. The phrase "terror bombing" entered the English lexicon towards the end of World War II
World War II
and many strategic bombing campaigns and individual raids have been described as terror bombing by commentators and historians
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Rex Pierson
Reginald Kirshaw "Rex" Pierson CBE (9 February 1891 – 10 January 1948) was an English aircraft designer and chief designer at Vickers Limited later Vickers-Armstrongs Aircraft Ltd.[1] He was responsible for the Vickers Vimy, a heavy bomber designed during World War 1 and the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic non-stop. He was the chief designer of the Vickers Wellington bomber of World War 2.[1]Contents1 Early life 2 Career2.1 Vickers 2.2 Vickers Wellington 2.3 Post war3 Personal life 4 ReferencesEarly life[edit] Pierson was born on 9 February 1891 at Little Fransham, Norfolk, the son of the rector the Reverend Kirshaw T. Pierson and his wife Helen Mary
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Weybridge
Weybridge
Weybridge
/ˈweɪbrɪdʒ/ is a town by the River Wey
River Wey
in the Elmbridge district of Surrey. It is bounded to the north by the River Thames
River Thames
at the mouth of the Wey, from which it gets its name. It is an outlying suburban town within the Greater London
Greater London
Urban Area, situated 7 miles (11 km) northeast of Woking
Woking
and 16 miles (25 km) southwest of central London
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RCAF
Latin: Sic Itur ad Astra "Such is the Pathway to the Stars"[2] Latin: Per ardua ad astra "Through Adversity to the Stars" – (1924 to 1968)March "RCAF March Past"Anniversaries Armed Forces Day (first Sunday of June)EngagementsSecond World WarBattle of Britain Battle of the AtlanticBattle of the St
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LZ 129 Hindenburg
LZ 129 Hindenburg
LZ 129 Hindenburg
(Luftschiff Zeppelin #129; Registration: D-LZ 129) was a large German commercial passenger-carrying rigid airship, the lead ship of the Hindenburg class, the longest class of flying machine and the largest airship by envelope volume.[3] It was designed and built by the Zeppelin Company ( Luftschiffbau Zeppelin
Luftschiffbau Zeppelin
GmbH) on the shores of Lake Constance
Lake Constance
in Friedrichshafen
Friedrichshafen
and was operated by the German Zeppelin Airline Company (Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei). The airship flew from March, 1936 until it was destroyed by fire 14 months later on May 6, 1937 while attempting to land at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Manchester Township, New Jersey
Manchester Township, New Jersey
at the end of the first North American transatlantic journey of its second season of service with the loss of 36 lives
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Airship
An airship or dirigible balloon is a type of aerostat or lighter-than-air aircraft that can navigate through the air under its own power.[1] Aerostats gain their lift from large gas bags filled with a lifting gas that is less dense than the surrounding air.Dirigible airships compared with related aerostats, from a turn-of-the-20th-century encyclopediaIn early dirigibles, the lifting gas used was hydrogen gas, due to its high lifting capacity and ready availability. Helium
Helium
gas has almost the same lifting capacity and is not flammable, unlike hydrogen, but is rare and relatively expensive
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British Aircraft Corporation
The British Aircraft Corporation
British Aircraft Corporation
(BAC) was a British aircraft manufacturer formed from the government-pressured merger of English Electric Aviation Ltd., Vickers-Armstrongs
Vickers-Armstrongs
(Aircraft), the Bristol Aeroplane Company and Hunting Aircraft
Hunting Aircraft
in 1960. Bristol, English Electric and Vickers became "parents" of BAC with shareholdings of 20%, 40% and 40% respectively
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Vickers
Vickers
Vickers
was a famous name in British engineering that existed through many companies from 1828 until 1999.Contents1 History1.1 Early history 1.2 Vickers, Sons & Company 1.3 Vickers, Sons & Maxim 1.4 Vickers
Vickers
Limited 1.5 Reorganisation 1.6 Merger with Armstrong Whitworth 1.7 Nationalisation 1.8 Vickers
Vickers
plc 1.9 Current status of Vickers2 See also 3 Bibliography 4 Footnotes 5 External linksHistory[edit] Early history[edit] Vickers
Vickers
was formed in Sheffield
Sheffield
as a steel foundry by the miller Edward Vickers and his father-in-law George Naylor in 1828. Naylor was a partner in the foundry Naylor & Sanderson and Vickers' brother William owned a steel rolling operation
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Aeronautics
Aeronautics
Aeronautics
(from the ancient Greek words ὰήρ āēr, which means "air", and ναυτική nautikē which means "navigation", i.e. "navigation into the air") is the science or art involved with the study, design, and manufacturing of air flight capable machines, and the techniques of operating aircraft and rockets within the atmosphere
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Isle Of Wight
The Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight
(/waɪt/; also referred to informally as IoW or The Island)[4] is a county and the largest and second-most populous island in England. It is in the English Channel, about 2 miles (3.2 km) off the coast of Hampshire, separated by the Solent. The island has resorts that have been holiday destinations since Victorian times, and is known for its mild climate, coastal scenery, and verdant landscape of fields, downland and chines. The island has been home to the poets Swinburne and Tennyson and to Queen Victoria, who built her much-loved summer residence and final home Osborne House
Osborne House
at East Cowes. It has a maritime and industrial tradition including boat-building, sail-making, the manufacture of flying boats, the hovercraft, and Britain's space rockets
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Cowes
Cowes
Cowes
(/kaʊz/) is an English seaport town and civil parish[4] on the Isle of Wight. Cowes
Cowes
is located on the west bank of the estuary of the River Medina, facing the smaller town of East Cowes
East Cowes
on the east bank. The two towns are linked by the Cowes
Cowes
Floating Bridge, a chain ferry. The population was 9,663 in the 2001 census, which doubles during the regatta in early August. The population at the 2011 census was 10,405. Charles Godfrey Leland's 19th century verses describe the towns poetically as "The two great Cowes
Cowes
that in loud thunder roar/This on the eastern, that the western shore". Cowes
Cowes
has been seen as a home for international yacht racing since the founding of the Royal Yacht Squadron
Royal Yacht Squadron
in 1815
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Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College
Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College
Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College
is a state secondary school with academy status located in New Cross. The school was formerly a Grammar school, then a comprehensive City Technology College
City Technology College
and now an Academy operating between two sites near New Cross
New Cross
Gate in South-East London. In 2005 the Federation of Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College and Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy (formerly the failing Malory School, Downham) was formed by the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers to create the Haberdashers' Aske's Academies Federation in order to increase the availability of an Askes’ education to more students and make a wider use of the strengths that Aske’s has to offer
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Christ's Hospital
Blue & Yellow          Publications Housey! The Blue The BroadiePatron Queen Elizabeth IIFormer pupils Old BluesSchool Song Votum The Foundation HymnWebsite www.christs-hospital.org.ukChrist's Hospital, known colloquially as the Bluecoat School, is an English co-educational independent day and boarding school located in Southwater, south of Horsham
Horsham
in West Sussex. It is a charity school whose fees are calculated on a means test.Contents1 History 2 Uniform 3 Admissions 4 External inspection 5 Sexual-abuse allegations 6 School activities6.1 Drama 6.2 Model United Nations 6.3 Rock School7 Houses 8 Alumni 9 Staff 10 See also 11 References 12 Sources 13 External linksHistory[edit]Christ's Hospital's buildings in London in 1770 Christ's Hospital
Christ's Hospital
was established as a school in November 1552 at the instigation of King Edward VI
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