Leading AircraftmanSPOONER, KENNETH GERALD

Service Number R/179314

Died 14/05/1943

Aged 20

Royal Canadian Air Force

G C

Son of Gerald and Irene M. Spooner, of Smiths Falls.

Citation

The following details are given in the London Gazette of 13th June, 1944

"Awarded the George Cross for most conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner."

L.A.C. Spooner, a student Navigator was under instruction during a flight when the Pilot became unconscious. None of the other students were capable of flying the machine so Spooner seized the controls and ordered everybody to bale out. He then attempted to land the plane, which he had never done before. He was unsuccessful and crashed killing himself and the still unconscious Pilot.

Buried at SMITH'S FALLS (HILLCREST) CEMETERY

Location: Ontario, Canada
Number of casualties: 9

Cemetery/memorial reference: Plot 225. Row 15.


Cemetery details

CWGC Archives

DISCLAIMER:
This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.