Biography

Birth date: 04 April 1917
Death date: 09 September 1950
Death place: Korea
Final rank: Wing Commander
Service number: O11315 - Korea, 1950-1953
839 - Second World War, 1939-1945
270839 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • No. 77 Squadron
  • No. 3 Squadron

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Wing Commander
  • Date of Death: 09 September 1950
  • Unit: No. 77 Squadron

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 3 Squadron
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : United States Air Medal

  • Unit: No. 77 Squadron
  • Conflict: Korea, 1950-1953

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: No. 3 Squadron
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 77 Squadron
  • Conflict: Korea, 1950-1953

Honours and Awards : United States Legion of Merit

  • Unit: No. 77 Squadron
  • Conflict: Korea, 1950-1953

Collection Items

Photograph

022962

LIBYA. 1942-01-01. FLYING OFFICERS L. SPENCE AND G. PAGE OF NO. 3 SQUADRON, RAAF HAVING THEIR NEW YEAR'S DINNER.

022962

023478

LIBYA. 1942-01. FLYING OFFICER L. SPENCE WITH A DOG WHICH ATTACHED ITSELF TO NO. 3 SQUADRON, RAAF

023478

023479

LIBYA. 1942-01. FLYING OFFICER L. SPENCE WITH A DOG WHICH ATTACHED ITSELF TO NO. 3 SQUADRON, RAAF

023479

023480

LIBYA. 1942-01. FLYING OFFICER L. SPENCE WITH A DOG WHICH ATTACHED ITSELF TO NO. 3 SQUADRON, RAAF

023480

148927

Iwakuni, Japan. 1950-08-22. Lieutenant General George E. Stratemeyer, Commanding General of the US Far East Air Force, congratulates Wing Commander Louis Spence DFC, No. 77 Squadron RAAF, after decorating him with the Legion of Merit. (SD64668) Spence was killed in action at Angangi-ni, Korea, on...

148927

148928

The Mustang aircraft A68-809 flown by Wing Commander L. T. Spence DFC, when commanding No. 77 Squadron, RAAF, in Korea. Spence died on 1950-09-09 whilst attacking enemy positions in the South Korean town of Angang-Ni.

148928

148929

The Mustang aircraft A68-809 flown by Wing Commander L. T. Spence DFC, when commanding No. 77 Squadron, RAAF, in Korea. Spence died on 1950-09-09 whilst attacking enemy positions in the South Korean town of Angang-Ni.

148929

148930

The Mustang aircraft A68-809 flown by Wing Commander L. T. Spence DFC, when commanding No. 77 Squadron, RAAF, in Korea. Spence died on 1950-09-09 whilst attacking enemy positions in the South Korean town of Angang-Ni.

148930

148931

The Mustang aircraft A68-809 flown by Wing Commander L. T. Spence DFC, when commanding No. 77 Squadron, RAAF, in Korea. Spence died on 1950-09-09 whilst attacking enemy positions in the South Korean town of Angang-Ni.

148931

148932

The Mustang aircraft A68-809 flown by Wing Commander L. T. Spence DFC, when commanding No. 77 Squadron, RAAF, in Korea. Spence died on 1950-09-09 whilst attacking enemy positions in the South Korean town of Angang-Ni.

148932

148933

The Mustang aircraft A68-809 flown by Wing Commander L. T. Spence DFC, when commanding No. 77 Squadron, RAAF, in Korea. Spence died on 1950-09-09 whilst attacking enemy positions in the South Korean town of Angang-Ni.

148933

JK1018

IWAKUNI, JAPAN, 1950-07. COMMANDING OFFICER OF NO. 77 SQUADRON RAAF, WING COMMANDER LOU SPENCE IS STRAPPED INTO THE COCKPIT OF HIS P51-D MUSTANG FIGHTER BY MEMBERS OF HIS GROUND CREW.

JK1018

P00304.001

KOREA, 1950-02-19. TWO MUSTANGS FROM NO. 77 SQUADRON RAAF IN FLIGHT ESCORTING THE FIRST QANTAS SKYMASTER FLIGHT TO JAPAN, WHICH WAS CARRYING THE NEW COMMANDING OFFICER OF 77 SQUADRON, WING COMMANDER LOU SPENCE. THE AIRCRAFT CLOSER TO THE CAMERA IS BEING FLOWN BY WARRANT OFFICER JAMES H. FLEMMING;...

P00304.001

P00675.039

TAEGU, KOREA, 1950. NO. 77 SQUADRON RAAF PILOTS: L-R, ERIC DOUGLAS, BILL MITCHELSON, TOM MURPHY, BILL HORSMAN, KEN MCLEOD, LES READING AND LOU SPENCE (C0) GATHER AROUND THE TAILPLANE OF LOU SPENCE'S MUSTANG AIRCRAFT. (DONOR: R. TREBILCO)

P00675.039

P01254.104

IWAKUNI, JAPAN. 1950-07. MUSTANG AIRCRAFT OF NO 77 SQUADRON RAAF PILOTED BY THE COMMANDING OFFICER, WING COMMANDER L T SPENCE DFC PREPARATORY TO TAKE- OFF FROM IWAKUNI FOR AN OPERATIONAL MISSION OVER SOUTH KOREA. (DONOR: R.C. CRESSWELL)

P01254.104

P01254.105

IWAKUNI, JAPAN. 1950-08. THE COMMANDING OFFICER NO 77 SQUADRON RAAF WING COMMANDER L T SPENCE DFC (CENTRE, IN FLYING SUIT) AND SQUADRON MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL DISCUSS DAMAGE TO HIS MUSTANG AIRCRAFT FROM GROUND FIRE DURING AN OPERATIONAL MISSION OVER SOUTH KOREA. (DONOR: R.C. CRESSWELL)

P01254.105

044749

NO 77 SQUADRON RAAF PILOTS DISCUSS EARLY KOREAN OPERATIONS WITH THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, BCOF, LIEUTENANT-GENERAL SIR HORACE ROBERTSON. L TO R FLIGHT LIEUTENANT J.I. ADAMS, WING COMMANDER L.T. SPENCE, GENERAL ROBERTSON, AIR COMMODORE A.M. CHARLESWORTH, CHIEF OF STAFF BCOF. REMAINDER UNIDENTIFIED.

044749

Film

Australia at war in Korea (Cinesound News No. 983)

Cinesound newsreel circa 1950 covering operations of No. 77 Squadron RAAF. Item opens with shots of the two cameramen, G. Thompson and B. Whiteman. Scenes of No. 77 Squadron RAAF at Iwakuni Southern Honshu Japan. Japanese mechanics servicing P-51 fighters. Japanese ground personnel moving 500lb...

F01991

Battle in Korea (Cinesound News No. 986)

Cinesound newsreel circa 1950. Coverage of the Communist advance on Taegu. Shows fleeing civilians and South Korean troops. USAF spotter aircraft Cessnas and Texans. Pilots at Taegu. P-51 Mustangs armed with naplam and 500lb iron bombs. USAF P-51s attacking enemy positions with rockets. US assault...

F01993

The Last Post Ceremony commemorating the service of (O11315) Wing Commander Louis Thomas Spence DFC & Bar, US Air Medal, No. 77 Squadron, RAAF, Korean War

The Last Post Ceremony is presented in the Commemorative area of the Australian War Memorial each day. The ceremony commemorates more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives in war and other operations and whose names are recorded on the Roll of Honour. At each ceremony the story behind...

PAFU2014/405.01

RAAF in Western Desert

The activities of 3 Squadron RAAF in the Western Desert. Shows Squadron personnel messing, the evacuation of casualities by air ambulance, ground crew servicing Kittyhawk aircraft and shots from a flight in the air ambulance. 260725 F/O Wallace (Wally) Edwin Jewell returned to squadron after being...

F07002

Timeline

Date of birth 1917-04-04
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1940-03-06 Air cadet.
Date promoted 1940-08-26 Pilot officer.
Other units 1940-10-28 No 25 Squadron.
Date promoted 1941-02-26 Flying officer.
Other units 1941-09 No 3 Squadron.
Date returned to Australia 1942
Other units 1942 No 2 Operational Training Unit.
Date promoted 1942-04-01 Flight lieutenant.
Other units 1943-02-03 Commanding Officer No 452 Squadron.
Date promoted 1944-02-01 ACting squadron leader.
Date promoted 1944-07-01 Squadron leader.
Other units 1945 Commanding Officer No 8 Operational Training Unit.
Other units 1946 RAAF Station Canberra.
Other units 1947-09 Military mission, Java.
Other units 1947-11 RAAF College Point Cook.
Other units 1950 Commanding Officer No 77 Squadron.
Date promoted 1950-02 Wing commander.
Date of death 1950-09-09