Bomb hero Sir Barnes Wallis' name is misspelt again… in the town where his invention was made


Dam Bunglers! Bouncing bomb hero Sir Barnes Wallis’ name is misspelt again… in the town where his invention was made

  • Sir Barnes Wallis’s name has been spelt wrong on a sign for the second time  
  • A missing ‘e’ means the sign in Buckshaw, Lancashire, reads ‘Barns Wallis Way’  
  • Comes five years after another sign on street declared is ‘Barnes Wallace Way’ 

His name is synonymous with the bouncing bombs used in the daring Dam Buster air raids of 1943.

So you would think they’d know all about Sir Barnes Wallis in Buckshaw, Lancashire – the town where his invention was made. 

But signwriters have managed to spell his name wrong on a street sign… for the second time in five years.

Sir Barnes Wallis's name has been spelt wrong on a sign on a street in Buckshaw, Lancashire, for the second time in five years.

Sir Barnes Wallis’s name has been spelt wrong on a sign on a street in Buckshaw, Lancashire, for the second time in five years.

Aidy Riggott, a county councillor, said: 'I just couldn't believe it – and neither could the residents. My first thoughts were, 'Oh no, not again.' Pictured: How the sign should be spelt

Aidy Riggott, a county councillor, said: ‘I just couldn’t believe it – and neither could the residents. My first thoughts were, ‘Oh no, not again.’ Pictured: How the sign should be spelt  

In the latest bungle, a missing ‘e’ means it reads ‘Barns Wallis Way’. 

It comes five years after a sign on the other side of the street declared it was ‘Barnes Wallace Way’, misspelling the scientist’s surname. 

Aidy Riggott, a county councillor, said: ‘I just couldn’t believe it – and neither could the residents. My first thoughts were, ‘Oh no, not again’. 

It comes five years after a sign on the other side of the street declared it was 'Barnes Wallace Way', misspelling the scientist's surname. Pictured: Barnes Wallis

It comes five years after a sign on the other side of the street declared it was ‘Barnes Wallace Way’, misspelling the scientist’s surname. Pictured: Barnes Wallis 

We all understand mistakes are made occasionally, but this is twice now.’

The Buckshaw estate is on the site of the former Royal Ordnance Factory in Euxton where the bombs – used to destroy German dams in the Ruhr – were built. 

The sign will be replaced.

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