Biography

Birth date: 18 April 1920
Birth place: Hawthorne, VIC
Death date: 16 September 2008
Death place: Australia: Australian Capital Territory, Canberra
Final rank: Air-Commodore
Service number: Korea, 1950-1953
O399 (569) - Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960
Second World War, 1939-1945
O399 - Vietnam, 1962-1975
Unit: Royal Australian Air Force

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: Royal Australian Air Force
  • Conflict: Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960

Honours and Awards : Commander of the Order of the British Empire

  • Unit: Royal Australian Air Force
  • Conflict: Vietnam, 1962-1975

Collection Items

Film

New RAAF commander in Vietnam

The new commander of the RAAF Vietnam, Air Commodore C.H. Spurgeon, spent his first four days in that country on a familiarisation tour of RAAF units, before taking over his new command. He was accompanied by the outgoing commander, Air Commodore F.S. Robey. They first went by USAF aircraft to...

F02781

Minister for Air Drake-Brockman on tour in Vietnam (DPR RAAF stock shots)

Vung Tau, South Vietnam July 1970. The Minister for Air Senator Tom Drake-Brockman arrives at Vung Tau. Shows the cockpit interior of the Minister's aircraft. Aircraft lands. The minister deplanes and is greeted by ?. RAAF police jeep escorts the minister entourage. The Minister reviews the men of...

F10365

Photograph

P00135.002

ESSENDON AIRPORT, VICTORIA 1939-10. GROUP OF TRAINEE PILOTS FROM NO. 26A PILOTS COURSE IN AN ITALA CAR USED AS TRANSPORT FROM MOONEE PONDS TO ESSENDON AIRPORT WHERE THEY ATTENDED THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL AIRLINES SCHOOL OF AERONAUTICS. THEY WERE ACCOMMODATED PRIVATELY. LEFT TO RIGHT: J.H.R. MARSHALL...

P00135.002

P00135.003

ESSENDON AIRPORT, VICTORIA, 1939-1945 WAR. SOME OF THE TRAINEE PILOTS FROM NO 26A PILOTS COURSE AT THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL AIRLINES SCHOOL OF AERONAUTICS. LEFT TO RIGHT: UNKNOWN, J. M. SUTHERLAND, R. C. W. RAYSON, C. H. SPURGEON, W. L. WACKETT, A. R. RIDGWAY, UNKNOWN, ( STANDING ) UNKNOWN, CAPTAIN...

P00135.003

P00135.004

Some of the trainee pilots from No. 26A Pilots Course, Royal Australian Air Force, on the flight line at the Australian National Airlines School of Aeronautics. Left to right: A. R. Ridgway, C. H. Spurgeon, M. Norris, R Widmer, J. M. Sutherland, R. C. W. Rayson, W. L. Wackett, J. H. R. Marshall, J....

P00135.004

P00135.005

GROUP PORTRAIT OF MEMBERS OF 26A RAAF PILOT'S COURSE AT NO 21 SQUADRON, LAVERTON. LEFT TO RIGHT: BACK ROW: M. G. COWAN, PROBABLY 586 SQUADRON LEADER RICHARD HAMILTON WALLACE (LOST ON OPERATIONS OVER INDONESIA ON 29 OCTOBER 1944), H. R. PLENTY, A. M. WHITE, E. D. EDDISON, 558 FLYING OFFICER PATRICK...

P00135.005

P00135.006

ESSENDON AIRPORT, VICTORIA, 1939-10. TRAINEE PILOTS FROM NO. 26A PILOTS COURSE AT THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL AIRLINES SCHOOL OF AERONAUTICS. LEFT TO RIGHT: C. H. SPURGEON, J. M. SUTHERLAND, R. A. RIDGWAY, M. MORRIS, SERGEANT (RUSTY) STEELE (INSTRUCTOR) STUDYING A VICKERS MACHINE GUN.

P00135.006

P00135.007

SRI BUAT (SEMBILAN), MALAYA. 1955-05-26. OBLIQUE AERIAL VIEW, AT 9000 FEET ALTITUDE, TAKEN BY NO. 1 SQUADRON, RAAF, OF THE ISLAND WHERE FLIGHT LIEUTENANTS CLARENCE HADDON SPURGEON AND H. PLENTY, NO. 8 SQUADRON RAAF, SWAM ASHORE AFTER BEING SHOT DOWN 1942-01-24. (DONOR C. SPURGEON)

P00135.007

P00135.008

SRI BUAT (PULO SEMBILAN), MALAYA. 1955-05-26. OBLIQUE AERIAL VIEW, AT 9000 FEET ALTITUDE, TAKEN BY NO. 1 SQUADRON, RAAF, OF A CHINESE VILLAGE ON THE ISLAND WHERE FLIGHT LIEUTENANTS CLARENCE HADDON SPURGEON AND H. PLENTY, NO. 8 SQUADRON RAAF, SWAM ASHORE AFTER BEING SHOT DOWN 1942-01-24. (DONOR C....

P00135.008

P00135.009

SRI BUAT (PULO SEMBILAN), MALAYA. 1955-05-26. OBLIQUE AERIAL VIEW, AT 9000 FEET ALTITUDE, TAKEN BY NO. 1 SQUADRON, RAAF, OF THE ISLAND WHERE FLIGHT LIEUTENANTS CLARENCE HADDON SPURGEON AND H. PLENTY, NO. 8 SQUADRON RAAF, SWAM ASHORE AFTER BEING SHOT DOWN 1942-01-24. (DONOR C. SPURGEON)

P00135.009

P00135.010

SRI BUAT (PULO SEMBILAN), MALAYA. 1955-05-26. OBLIQUE AERIAL VIEW, AT 9000 FEET ALTITUDE, TAKEN BY NO. 1 SQUADRON, RAAF, OF THE ISLAND WHERE FLIGHT LIEUTENANTS CLARENCE HADDON SPURGEON AND H. PLENTY, NO. 8 SQUADRON RAAF, SWAM ASHORE AFTER BEING SHOT DOWN 1942-01-24. (DONOR C. SPURGEON)

P00135.010

P00301.001

SEMBAWANG, SINGAPORE, 1940-08. PORTRAIT OF FLYING OFFICER CLARENCE HADDON (SPUD) SPURGEON OF NO 8 SQUADRON, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE.

P00301.001

Private Record

Sound

Air Commodore Clarence Haddon Spurgeon OBE DFC (Rtd) as a pilot No 8 Squadron RAAF and a prisoner of the Japanese, 1939-1945, interviewed by Tim Bowden and Dr Hank Nelson

Air Commodore Clarence Haddon Spurgeon OBE DFC (Rtd) as a pilot No 8 Squadron RAAF and a prisoner of the Japanese, 1939-1945, interviewed by Tim Bowden and Dr Hank Nelson A transcript of this recording may be available. For further information please contact the Sound section.

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Timeline

Date of birth 1920-04-18
date of birth 1920-04-18
Date of death 2008-09-16
date of death 2008-09-16