King's College London
Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

King's College London
Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

Survey of the Papers of Senior UK Defence Personnel, 1900-1975

LUCE, Sir (John) David (1906-1971), Admiral

Service biography
Joined RN 1919; commanding HM Submarine H44 1936; World War II 1939-1945; commanding HM Submarine RAINBOW 1939-1940; HM Submarine CACHALOT 1940-1941; combined operations 1942-1944; Chief Staff Officer to Naval Forces, invasion of Normandy 1944; British Pacific Fleet 1944-1946; RN Air Station, Ford 1946-1948; Deputy Director, Plans Div, Admiralty 1948-1951; commanding HMS LIVERPOOL 1951-1952; HMS BIRMINGHAM 1952-1953; Director, RN Staff College 1953-1954; Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty 1954-1956; Flag Officer (Flotillas), Home Fleet 1956-1958; Flag Officer, Scotland 1958-1959; Commander-in-Chief, Far East Station 1960-1962; 1st Commander-in-Chief, British Forces in Far East and UK Military Adviser to the South East Asia Treaty Organisation 1962-1963; First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff 1963-1966; retired in protest at government abandonment of the aircraft carrier programme 1966

Luce informed the Imperial War Museum in 1970 that he had no papers; and that correspondence with Dennis Healey 1970 was to be destroyed; SOUTHAMPTON UNIVERSITY LIBRARY: Papers of AF Louis (Francis Albert Victor Nicholas) Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma include personal correspondence with Luce 1958-1959 (ref: MB1/I162)


Index terms
NAMES Adm John Luce (father); Sir William (Henry Tucker) Luce (brother); Adm Sir Trevelyan Napier (Sir William Luce's father-in-law); Maj Gen Sir Richard Harman Luce (uncle)

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