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SPENCE, LOUIS THOMAS, DFC & BAR

Service:Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number:O11315
Rank:Wing Commander
Date of Birth:4 April 1917
Place of Birth:Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia
Date of Death:9 September 1950 (Aged 33 years)
Decorations:Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar
Mentioned in Despatches
Air Medal (US)
Legion of Merit (US)
Units:No. 77 Squadron, RAAF †


Distinguished Flying Cross & Bar1939-45 Star
Africa StarPacific Star1939-45 War MedalAustralian Service Medal 1939-45
Korea MedalUN Service Medal for KoreaAir Medal (US)Legion of Merit (US)

Citations

Distinguished Flying Cross (WWII):
Has greatly distinguished himself in fighting in Western Desert. Has led formations aircraft numerous raids enemy concentrations and has always pressed home attack with vigour. Spence who has displayed fine leadership throughout has destroyed two hostile aircraft.

Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross:
Wing Commander L T SPENCE by his untiring efforts and cheerful devotion to duty has been an inspiration to all ranks of his unit, particularly during the operations in Korea.
This Officer has personally led elements of his unit on many more occasions than would normally be required of him and by his outstanding fearless leadership has welded his unit into a highly efficient fighting team. His ability as a commander and a leader is reflected in the zeal with which both flying and maintenance personnel have cheerfully worked for long hours under difficult conditions.
Wing Commander SPENCE has served his country with honour and distinction and has further enhanced the prestige of the Royal Australian Air Force and in particular No 77 Squadron.

Mentioned in Despatches (WWII):
Squadron Leader SPENCE was posted to command No 452 (I/F) Squadron in January, 1944.
During March, 1944, at extremely short notice, No 452 Squadron was ordered to carry out immediate operations at Perth, which necessitated a 2,000 mile travel flight and commencement of operations at 24 hours from time of departure. Severe cyclonic weather disturbances were encountered during the flight and Squadron Leader SPENCE, who was leading his squadron, displayed expert airmanship and leadership in overcoming the dangerous weather elements.
His devotion to duty and determination were an example and an inspiration to all personnel under his command.

Air Medal (US):
For meritorious service as Commanding Officer, 77th Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, during the period 25 June 1950 to 15 July 1950 in support of United Nations activities against the North Koreans, Wing Commander Louis T Spence performed his duty in such a manner as to reflect credit upon this command and the Royal Australian Air Force.

Burial Details

Cemetery:UN MEMORIAL CEMETERY KOREA
Grave:Plot 16. Row 1. Grave 3.

External Links

World War 2 Nominal Roll
Korean War Nominal Roll
United Nations Memorial Cemetery Korea

Record updated on 11 May 2018.


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