GALLANTRY MEDALS, ORDERS & DECORATIONS
|C.B. (Military Division)
Distinguished Flying Cross Bar
Aircrew Europe Star France and Germany
War Medal MiD
1953 Coronation Medal
Croix de Guerre Palms
With original MiD certificate, Croix de Guerre Citation, D.F.C. box with ribbon bars.
Ian James Spencer was born 6 June 1916. Acting Pilot Officer September 1937 (General Duties), Flying Officer January 1940, Flight Lt. April 1941. Squadron Leader May 1941, Acting Wing Commander 1943. Acting Group Captain October 1956. Acting Air Commodore April 1961. Air Vice Marshal January 1966. Retired January 1968.
Awarded D.F.C. 4 July 1941: "In June 1941 this officer led a formation of aircraft which carried out an attack on an enemy merchant ship. In spite of intense anti-aircraft fire from this and other escorting vessels, Squadron Leader Spencer pressed home his attack from a low altitude and the formation succeeded in destroying the merchant vessel. After delivering the attack his aircraft received direct hits causing damage to the starboard engine and inner port petrol tanks, while Squadron Leader Spencer was hit in the leg sustaining a fracture in two places and his observer was wounded in the back. Despite his injury, S/L Spencer succeeded in flying his aircraft back to this country although the starboard engine and instrument panel were out of action. On a previous occasion S/L Spencer successfully bombed an enemy tanker off the Norwegian coast in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, and although his port engine was disabled, he succeeded in flying his aircraft safely back to this country. He has shown great determination, courage and efficiency."
110 Squadron. Bar to D.F.C. 14 April 1944. Awarded Croix de Guerre with palm 16 March 1945: "Wing Commander Spencer, I.J. A Pilot of great skill, he led on several on occasions over enemy-occupied territory, important formations of French and British bombers, with the skill and precision of his manoeuvers he ensured the success of these missions and thereby gained trust and general esteem. This citation is for the award of the Croix de Guerre with palm."
MiD 1 January 1946. C.B. awarded 8 June 1963.
Served with 35 Squadron 1938. 110 Squadron 1941. 107 Squadron 1943. 88 Squadron 1944. RAF Staff College 1949. October 1960 he headed an Anglo-German inquiry incident when two German fighter jets buzzed a Comet which was flying the Queen home from Denmark. Air Attache, Switzerland 1950-53. Air Staff, HQ Second Tactical Air Force, Germany 1956-57.
Air Officer Admin. HQ Transport Command 1961-64. Director, Air Secretary Directorate 1964-65. Air Officer, HQ Far East Air Force, Singapore 1965-67. He died in Cheltenham 15 May 1994.
Group of Nine: £4800
The family left India for England April
|Imperial Service Medal (1st type) BENJAMIN J K RIDER £120
Benjamin James King Rider was born in Stoke Damerel, Devonport, Devon in 1856. By 1891 he was a "Town Postman" there. He was still living there in 1911 and still a postman. He was awarded the medal in the London Gazette 7th July 1916 as "Postman, Plymouth." He died in Torpoint, Cornwall 7th October 1935.
The 1st type I.S.M. was awarded between 1911 and 1920. (J.S.)
Service Medal Collection
|Imperial Service Medal (EIIR) CLARENCE ALFRED ROLAND DAVID CARTER £35
In case of issue. Born in December 1908. In 1939 lived in Horsham as a "Skilled workman PO Engineers Department."
Medal awarded in the London Gazette 13 November 1973 as "Lately Technical Officer, Brighton.
He died in Cornwall in 1993. (J.S.)
| 1953 Coronation Medal £85
With framed certificate to Madame Armand Cloutier.
Armand Cloutier was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S.A. on 31st December 1901. He became a Liberal politician in Canada and was a member of parliament from 1940 to 1957. He married Jeanette Galarneau in July 1933.
Armand died in Montreal in 1982.