Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Douglas Webster 'Tommy' Lucke 1909-1972

Douglas Webster 'Tommy' Lucke was born in Mexico. He had a colourful career from the time
when, at the age of 20, he worked his passage from Texas to take an R.A.F. short-service
On completing it he joined Ethyl Export for flying duties which took him to many parts of the world. In 1937 he joined Bristols as an instructor, then re-entered the R.A.F. and was engaged on flying which included work in connection with countering the magnetic mine and the development of the Mohne Dam weapon and of airborne lifeboats. From 1946 to 1948 he was with B.O.A.C. as chief test pilot at Croydon. He was appointed C.F.I, to the Royal Egyptian
Air Force and served for a year before giving up active flying for health reasons. In 1954 he joined the Sales Department of Export Packing Service, Ltd., a large proportion of whose work consists of the preparation of aircraft and components for transportation.