Sutton firm make replica Dambusters bouncing bomb

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Engineers from a Sutton firm have helped mark the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raids - by building a full-size replica bouncing bomb.

Staff from Lindhurst Innovation Engineering built the metal model eight years ago after carrying out work at Derwent Dam in Derbyshire.

Derwent Reservoir was used by 617 Squadron during the Second World War for practising low-level flights.

The dam now houses a museum about the famous Dambusters air raids, but only had a wooden model of a bouncing bomb until Lindhurst made a more convincing replica.

Managing director Martin Rigley said the museum had all the old paper technical drawings for the bombs.

“Obviously we were manufacturing the unit – not a complete bomb – so we had to use a bit of poetic licence and we applied a few modern techniques to make it look like the original,” he said.

“The museum’s a charity and we were proud to create a replica bouncing bomb and donate it to them. Since we handed it over, it’s been seen by thousands of visitors to the museum.”

A service has taken place at the museum today (Thursday) to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid, with an unofficial fly past expected by spitfires, tornadoes and other aircraft.

Lindhurst specialises in one-off engineering projects and no request is too off-the-wall – from light-weight lifting platforms for the heavy metal group Iron Maiden’s stage shows to large-scale engineering for landmark projects such as London’s Canary Wharf Underground Station and anaerobic digestion technology to generate power from food and farm waste.

The full-scale replica bouncing bomb is one of the most unusual items that the firms has ever made.