Jack Spencer

 WW2 Spitfire Pilot Tribute Page: Jack Spencer

Hi and welcome to this site!

I met Jack  last year in Durban. Chris Brown organised this visit.(Thanks Chris!). Jack kindly agreed to be video interviewed and also allowed me to copy his  flying log book and other memorabilia.  All of these are presented on this web site.


Jack  joined the SAAF in May 1941. He finished his training in mid 1943 and was sent  to Italy to join SAAF No. 1 fighter squadron. He saw operational service  flying Spitfires doing mostly dive-bombing and ground strafing missions. Jack bailed twice from his Spitfire, first  time due to engine failure and the second time due to enemy flak. He was then captured  and spent the rest of the war as a POW at Stalag Luft III.

After the war Jack  had a long and successful career in the ? industry until his retirement in ?.

Thanks Jack for  allowing me to video interview  you and to copy all your war documents.

This is a living web site. Any input and/or participation will be much appreciated regarding additional information, correctness, information from relatives of members who served with Jack in some of his units, photographs, stories etc. Please e-mail me. Most welcome will be any photographs of No. 1 squadron while Jack was with them.

If you perhaps have a family member who served as a SAAF fighter pilot during ww2 and you would want to find out more about his war service please contact me, hopefully I can be of some help.

Tinus le Roux

January 2013

Military Career

05/05/1941    I.T.W. (Initial Training Wing) Lyttleton, 75 A/S

30/09/1941   A.T.W. (Advanced Training Wing) Lyttleton, 75 A/S

22/11/1941   E.F.T.S. Potchefstroom, 6 A/S, course 5, (Tiger Moths)

06/12/1941   1st solo , 10 hours flying

16/03/1942   S.F.T.S Vereeniging, 22 A/S, course 15, (Hawker Hinds, Harts, Audaxes)

03/06/1942   Commissioned as an officer

03/06/1942   Obtain wings

27/07/1942   26 A/S Pietersburg, med bomber course, Oxfords

21/09/1942   Central Flying School (CFS) Bloemfontein, Instr. course

19/12/1942   Bloemspruit, conversion to Miles Master

13/03/1943   73 OTU, Abu Suier, Egypt,  Harvards and Spitfires

06/09/1943   SAAF No. 1  Fighter Squadron, Italy

25/12/1943   Bailed over the sea due to engine failure, rescued.

27/06/1944   Shot down by ack-ack, Bailed, captured by Germans. 170 ops hours flown.

28/06/1944   POW in Germany

27/06/1945   Arrive back in Durban


Video Interview 



Thanks to Brent Best for the art work!





 Jack getting his Spitfire! Thanks to his granddaughter Jacquelyn who sent this photograph to me. 12 August 2013.


Barney ? and Jack at  1 squadron in Italy



 Jack and Hinton Brown, remembrance day 2009. They were squadron mates during the war and remained close friends all these years. Hinton passed away in 2012.














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