On October 14, 2017 our hall had been dedicated to LAC Kenneth Gerald Spooner, GC.
LAC Kenneth Spooner age 20 was killed during a training exercise on May 14, 1942. The Anson Aircraft #7064 crashed into Lake Erie. The deed for which the George Cross was awarded to LAC K.G. Spooner (Smiths Falls, Ont.) are thus officially described in an announcement from Government House, Ottawa: GEORGE CROSS (POSTHUMOUS) R179314 LAC Kenneth Gerald Spooner (Deceased), #4 Air Observer School, London, Ontario.
This airman, a student navigator with no pilot training, displayed great courage, resolution and unselfishness in the face of harassing circumstances when the pilot of the aircraft fainted at the controls causing the aircraft to lose altitude rapidly. Immediately after the pilot became indisposed LAC Spooner, with extreme coolness and courage, assumed charge and ordered the remainder of the crew to bail out while he took over the controls and endeavoured to keep the aircraft at a safe height. After the crew bailed out as instructed, the aircraft crashed, carrying the unconscious pilot and LAC Spooner to their death. This airman with complete disregard for his personal safety and in conformity with the highest tradition of Service sacrificed his life in order to save the lives of his comrades. Leading Air Craftsman Navigator Spooner G.C. is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Smiths Falls, Ontario.
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LAC Kenneth Gerald Spooner, GC, Memorial Hall
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