17.07.1941 No. 54 Squadron Spitfire Va W3216 Sgt. Laing
Operation: Fighter Sweep.
Date: 17th July 1941.
Unit: 54 Squadron
Type: Spitfire Va
Location: Hawkinge, Kent.
Pilot: Sgt. Francis Mackay Laing NZ/401392 RNZAF Age 29. Killed.
REASON FOR LOSS:
Crashed near Hawkinge on return from fighter sweep.
Spitfire W3216 was the Maidenhead and District (Spitfire Fund) presentation aircraft.
Left: Hornchurch Cemetery
Sgt. Francis Mackay Laing. Hornchurch Cemetery, Sec. A. Grave 1358. Son of James Storer Laing and of Helen May Laing (nee Anderson), of Karori, Wellington, New Zealand.
With thanks to the following: The CWGC, 'Fighter Command Losses Vol. 1' - Norman Franks.