O399 (569)/Air Commodore Clarence Haddon Spurgeon, CBE DFC (Rtd)

Date of birth18 April 1920 Hawthorne, VIC 
Date of death16 September 2008 Australia: Australian Capital Territory, Canberra 

1939 Enlisted RAAF, Airman Air Cadet, trainee pilot. 4 Sept 1939 Commissioned as a pilot. 1940-41 No 8 Squadron, Singapore and Malaya flying Hudson's. 1942 Shot down off Khota Bahru. 1942-45 POW, Kuala Lumpur, Changi, Formosa, Munchuria. 1946-47 Commanding Officer RAAF Printing and Publications Unit, Melbourne. 1947-49 School of Air Support, Laverton, Adjutant. 1949-50 Directorate of Training, RAAF HQ, Melbourne. 1950-52 School of Air Navigation, East Sale, flying Dakota's and Lincolon's. 1952-54 Directorate of Air Safety Policy, Department of Air, Melbourne. 1955-56 Commanding Officer, No 1 Squadron, Singapore. flying Lincoln's. 1956 Awarded DFC. 1956 Directing Staff, RAAF Staff College, Point Cook. 1957-60 Staff duties, Air Attache, Washington, DC. 1960-62 Staff Officer to Chief of Air Staff, Canberra. 1962-63 Commanding Officer, No 1 Squadron, Amberley (Canberra's). 1963-64 Commanding Officer, Base Squadron, Amberley. 1964-67 F111A Project Manager, RAAF Washington. 1967-69 Officer Commanding, 82 Wing, Amberley. 1970-71 Commander RAAF Forces, Republic of South Vietnan & Deputy Commander Australian Forces Vietnam. 1971 Appointed CBE. 1971-75 Officer Commanding, RAAF Base Amberley. 5 March 1975 Retired from RAAF. (This note provided by Ian Affleck, 25 September 2008)