Lucas, Bill


Lucas, Bill
William Ernest Lucas
W E Lucas


15 items. Two oral history interviews with Squadron Leader Bill Lucas DFC (1917 - 2018, 1255396 Royal Air Force), his log book, brief memoir and photographs. He served as a pilot with 9, 15, 139 and 162 Squadrons. After the war he ran in the 1948 Olympics.

The collection was catalogued by Trevor Hardcastle.


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Lucas, WE

Collection Items

Bill Lucas, a short account of his Royal Air Force service
A little about his pre service life and his time on 9, 15 and 162 Squadrons. It mentions his interest in the Green Park Bomber Command Memorial and the IBCC.

Bill Lucas and the 1948 London Olympics
Bill competed in the 5,000 metres in the 1948 Olympics held in London. There is page 14 of the programme showing the heats of the 5,000metres, a close up of the entrants in heat 2 which includes Bill. A recent photograph of Bill in his Olympic…

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Bill in running kit and competitors number, running on a main road, figure in raincoat in foreground. A bus and other traffic over taking him. On the reverse photographers details 'E.D.Lacey 55, Graham Road., Mitcham, Surrey.'

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Bill in a blazer standing in front of a low wall with, park in the background.
This item was sent to the IBCC Digital Archive already in digital form. No better quality copies are available.

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Bill in informal pose, with pilots brevet, flight lieutenant rank braids and medal ribbon. Grass and a hedge in the background.

Bill Lucas
Head and shoulders portrait of Bill in formal pose in officers uniform with pilots brevet and VR badge.

Bill Lucas at Paignton Eastern Esplanade
Bill as an aircrew trainee, has a webbing belt and carries a gas mask haversack. Standing on a path with an area of grass and some three storey buildings in the background.

Identification kindly provided by Martyn Miller of the Unidentified…

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Bill in formal pose in airman's uniform.

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Bill with pilots brevet and flying officer rank braids, posed beside a river.

19 Operational Training Unit photograph
Posed in four rows in front of a Whitley. A cup is positioned in front of the group.

Bill Lucas with other aircrew
Bill Lucas with five other aircrew, informally posed with end of building in the background. Three are wearing flying jackets.

XV Squadron photograph
15 Squadron at RAF Wyton, posed in four rows in front of a Stirling.

Additional information about this item has been kindly provided by the donor.

W E Lucas’ pilots flying log book
Pilots flying log book for W E Lucas, covering the period from 7 November 1940 to 18 February 1946. Detailing his flying training, operations flown and instructor duties. He was stationed at RAF Derby, RAF Montrose, RAF Lossiemouth, RAF Honington,…

Bill Lucas DFC was born on the 16th January in 1917 and lived in Upper Tooting.
He left school at the age of 15 and went to work in an Insurance Company, before joining the Royal Air Force in 1939.
Bill was sent to 16 EFTS at Derby and then to an…

Interview with Bill Lucas. One
W E (Bill) Lucas joined the Royal Air Force in 1940, where he trained as a fighter pilot flying Miles Magisters and Miles Masters, before being posted to RAF Lossiemouth and moving into Bomber Command, flying the Vickers Wellington 1C.
Flew 14…
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