10th September 1941 61 OTU Spitfire Ia X4552 Sgt. Craw
Date: 10th September 1941 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 61 Operational Training Unit. 81 Group
Type: Spitfire Ia
Base: RAF Heston, Middlesex
Location: Burghfield, Berkshire
Pilot: Sgt. Hector Lawrence Craw NZ/404902 RNZAF Age 25. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During camera gun practice whilst attempting nofollow the target aircraft which was trying to break away in a climbing turn, stalled and spun into the ground at 09:55 hrs The pilot was killed when it crashed at Burghfield.
Sgt. Hector Lawrence Craw. Hounslow Cemetery. Grave Plot D. Row C. Grave 3. Born at Tokomaru on the 08th September 1916. Worked as a watersider at the Port of Bluff prior to service. Enlisting at Levin on the 01st December 1940. Trained at No. 6 Flying Trains School at Dunnville, Ontario, Canada. Gained his rank and wings on the 03rd July 1941. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Craw (née Scarlett), of St. Albans, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand. 165 flying hours logged.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, AWMM, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: