Last ‘Spruce Goose’ crewmember passes away

John Hayes Glenn, the last crewmember of the one and only flight of the Hughes Hercules HK1, “Spruce Goose,” passed away June 20. He was 94.

Glenn’s station was at the auxilary power unit at the aft starboard flight deck just in front of the right wing access hatch for the historic flight.

Glenn was born to the late Henry Richardson and Mary Edna Glenn, Dec. 30, 1917, in El Cajon, Calif. He was an Eagle Scout, graduated from Grossmont High School in 1936, and spent several years working in the oil fields of Southern California. He lived in the Los Angeles area before moving to Carson City, Nevada, in 1960. He was a World War II Naval Aviation Veteran and a long-time member of the Kiwanis Club.

He retired from Hughes Aircraft Company and was the last surviving flight crew member of the famous, one-and-only 1947 flight of the “Spruce Goose.”

John is survived by four children: Suzanne Glenn Wallace of Dayton, Nev., Michael A. Glenn of Oak Harbor, Wash., Patrick Henry Glenn of Gardnerville, Nev., and Martha Lee Gill of Ashland, Ohio. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


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