Luker, Richard Woodward (Warrant Officer, b.1917 - d.2004)

Description

Collection relating to the Second World War service of 8769 Warrant Officer Richard Woodward Luker, Royal Australian Air Force, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, 1941-1949.

Wallet 1 of 2 - Contains three folders of material relating to Warrant Officer Richard Woodward Luker.

Wallet 1 of 2, Folder 1 of 3 consists of one postcard and 16 letters [including associated envelopes] from friends and family members to Warrant Officer Luker. These items of correspondence are dated between c mid-1941 and December 1945 and were written during Warrant Officer Luker’s training and service in Canada and the United Kingdom. Writers include Warrant Officer Luker’s brother 6756 Sergeant Henry Whitfield Luker, his father Mr John Luker, his mother Mrs Helen Mary Luker, his aunts Mrs Betty Luker, Mrs Agnes West and Mrs Emily Luker, and his friends Ms Margaret T Wilson and 8605 Leading Aircraftman John George Twivey. In their letters, Warrant Officer Luker’s friends and family members write about holidays, their service, social events, the death of Sergeant Henry Luker, volunteering for charities, and family news.

Wallet 1 of 2, Folder 2 of 3 consists of documents relating to the service of Warrant Officer Richard Woodward Luker. This folder contains:
1x Oxfordshire County Council driving licence, issued 21 August 1941.
1x Canteen order, 29 January 1942.
1x Note containing names and addresses of family members and friends, c1943
2x Receipts for flowers, Henley-on-Thames, England, 23 June 1943.
1x Royal Canadian Air Force pass form, 17 November 1943.
3x Permits to purchase liquor, Canada, 1943-1944.
1x Menu for ‘Wings Dinner’, Course 96, 33 Service Flying Training School, Carberry, Manitoba, Canada, c mind-1944.
2x Dining cards for the Sergeant’s Mess, Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, 1944.
1x Ration Card [including ration tickets], Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, 1944.
1x Identity Check ticket, Montreal, Canada, 23 August 1944.
2x Leave Pass for travel in the United States of America, issued 9 October 1944.
1x Memo Book, Canada, c1943-1944. This memo book contains various notes and names and addresses of friends and family members.
1x Royal Australian Air Force Identity Card, issued 23 February 1945.
1x Interim Certificate of Discharge, issued 25 March 1949.
1x Stencil for service number ‘AUS-8769’.
1x Card from the Home Town Effort, Cleveland, Queensland, [date unknown].

Wallet 1 of 2, Folder 3 of 3 consists of five theatre programs and one newspaper clipping collected by Warrant Officer Richard Woodward Luker. The theatre programs date between c1942 and c1945, when Warrant Officer Luker was serving in England and Canada. The newspaper clipping is titled ‘Leuchars led in u-boat sinkings’, and is thought to have been collected by Warrant Officer Luker after the Second World War.

Wallet 2 of 2 – Contains two folders of material relating to Warrant Officer Richard Woodward Luker.

Wallet 2 of 2, Folder 2 of 2 consists of one log book of Warrant Officer Luker, containing entries dated between July 1943 and November 1946. This log book covers the periods of Warrant Officer Luker’s training and service in England, Canada and Australia. The log book entries record information such as dates and times of flights, aircraft types and numbers, crewmembers, and purposes of flights. Some of the recorded purposes of flights include elementary flying training, service flying training, general reconnaissance training, cross country flights, and aircraft conversion.

Wallet 2 of 2, Folder 2 of 2 consists of one sight log book of Warrant Officer Luker, containing entries dated between June and August 1944. This log book was used by Warrant Officer Luker during his participation in a general reconnaissance course at Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada. The entries in this log book record information such as dates and times of flights, aircraft types and numbers, sextant type and numbers, and observed positions.