RIP Sir.

One of our longest serving members has passed away at the age of 101. Bill Lucas served as president of the RAF Association’s Hayward Heath Branch and was a decorated pilot, flying with Bomber Command in raids over Germany for much of the Second World War.

Bill trained as a pilot in the Royal Air Force in early 1940. He completed 14 missions flying Wellingtons, before converting to flying Stirlings, completing a further 26 operations.

When he retired from the RAF, he had flown 81 missions and left with the rank of Squadron Leader. During his time in the service, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and received a Mention in Despatches.

Bill also found success as an Olympic runner, participating in the 1948 Olympics in the 5,000 metre race.

Our thoughts go to Bill’s family and friends at this time.