Lou Spence (1917–1950) was a fighter pilot and squadron commander in
the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II and the Korean War.
In 1941 he was posted to North Africa with No. 3 Squadron, which
operated P-40 Tomahawks and Kittyhawks; he was credited with shooting
down two German aircraft and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross
(DFC). He commanded No. 452 Squadron in 1944, flying Supermarine
Spitfires in defence of Australia's North-Western Area against the
Japanese, and was mentioned in despatches. In February 1950 he took
command of No. 77 Squadron, operating P-51 Mustangs as part of the
British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan. He led his squadron in
the opening months of the Korean War, and was awarded a bar to his DFC,
as well as the US Legion of Merit and the US Air Medal, for his
leadership. Spence was killed during a low-level mission over South
Korea in September 1950.
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