Donald is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.


Born: 1910, Ipswich.

Died: 21st January 1944; age: 33; aircraft lost on return from Magdeburg.

Residence: 21, Pearl Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Sergeant/Flight Engineer; Service Number: 900811.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 7 Squadron.


Originally laid to rest at Wohnste Cemetery, Germany.

Grave Reference:

Collective Grave 17.D.1-3,

Becklingen War Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George David Lucas & Alice Lucas; husband of Frances Mary Elizabeth Lucas, of Felixstowe, Suffolk.




1911   31, Withipoll Street, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.


Donald was 9 months old and living with his parents.

George Davis Lucas, 32, a Butter Blender – Provision Merchant, born Claydon, Suffolk.

Alice Lucas (nee Mulley), 31, born Needham Market, Suffolk.

1 boarder.


In 1933, in the district of Bosmere, Suffolk, Donald married Frances Mary Elizabeth Scales, born 1908, Sproughton, Suffolk.

They had 1 son:

David J. Lucas, born 1936, Sproughton, Suffolk.


Probate to Frances Mary Elizabeth Lucas – widow, of ‘Marilyn’ Limes Avenue, Bramford, Suffolk.


21st/22nd January 1944

Aircraft: Lancaster III; Serial number: JB408; Code: MG-U. The aircraft took-off at 19:52, from R.A.F Oakington, Cambridgeshire on an operation to Magdeburg. The Lancaster failed to return from the night raid.


Burney Edgar Richard Whitehouse D.F.C.; Warrant Officer/Air Gunner; age 24; R.A.F.V.R.

Eric Stanley Weatherill; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 29; R.A.F.V.R.

Charles Horace Glossop; Flight Officer/Navigator; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.

Allen James Hannah; Flight Sergeant/Air Bomber; age 23; R.N.Z.A.F.

Ian James Robertson; Flight Lieutenant/Pilot; age 21; R.A.A.F.

Francis Hilton; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 19; R.A.F.V.R.


Burney Whitehouse & Ian Robertson were laid to rest at Hanover War Cemetery.

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