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Les Buckler

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Les Buckler of Rolls-Royce

1922 Joined Rolls-Royce. His father Josiah was already employed there.

1943 January: after Rolls-Royce had taken over the gas turbine work from Rover, a team was put in charge of the Rover workshops, with Stanley Hooker as chief engineer and Leslie Buckler as works manager, to help the development of Frank Whittle's W.2B/23 jet engine, which became the Welland. Buckler quickly overcame turbine blade shortages, production capacity was increased tenfold.

1958 General Manager of Manufacturing at the Derby Factories

Later a Director of the Aero Engine Division

See Also


Sources of Information

  • The Magic of a Name by Peter Pugh. Published 2002. ISBN 1 84046 151 9
  • Biography of Stanley Hooker, ODNB