Flight Sergeant John Robert Lucas served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War Two. His squadron was attached to Royal Air Force 153 Squadron.
RAF 153 Squadron
Royal Air Force 153 (Bomber) Squadron operated in Northern Ireland and North Africa during the war. To commemorate this, their crest is the six-pointed star from the Ulster flag and a North African bat. As a night bombing squadron, the bat symbolises their nocturnal predatory instincts.
The squadron reformed at Ballyhalbert, Co. Down on 14th October 1941 equipped with night-fighting Boulton Defiants. It is unlikely that John Robert Lucas ever flew in the newly supplied Beaufighters that arrived in 1942 for the North Africa campaign.
John Robert Lucas killed in Northern Ireland
Aged 24-years-old, the young pilot died in a flying accident on 18th February 1942.
Lucas was the son of John Lucas and Caroline Lucas of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His grave is Plot 3 in St Andrew’s Church of Ireland Churchyard, Ballyhalbert, Co. Down.