After training as a journalist, Laddie Lucas became a distinguished wartime leader in the Royal Air Force, commanding the top-scoring fighter squadron in the Battle of Malta in 1942. He was one of Britain's best-known amateur golfers, leading his country against the US, and as a Conservative MP, he represented Brentford and Chiswick for ten years in the 1950s, serving under Churchill, Eden and Macmillan. In 1976, Laddie Lucas retired and turned to writing. He had a number of books published, including the hugely successful biography of Sir Douglas Bader. Laddie passed away in 1998.