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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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14 Squadron P-40 Kittyhawk NZ3033 Sgt. Arthur Francis Law

Operation: Training

Date: 15th November 1942 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 14 Squadron (NZ) (motto: Kia Maia, kia u, kia ngawari - 'Active, ardent')

Type: P-40 Kittyhawk

Serial: NZ3033

Code: -

Base: RNZAF Masterton, New Zealand

Location: As described

Pilot: Sgt. Arthur Francis Law NZ/42418 RNZAF Age 20. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

During interception exercise entered a dive at 7900 feet when breaking away from a dummy attack at 09:25 hrs. and failed to recover, crashing 3 miles southwest of Greytown.

Burial and other details:

Sgt. Arthur Francis Law. Picton Cemetery. Grave 63. 29. Born on the 19th June 1922 in Picton. Education at Marlborough College, Blenheim High school. Apprentice painter and paper-hanger for H.W Powell, Enlisted at Levin on the 10th January 1942. Pilot badge awarded on the 07th August 1942 and promoted to sergeant on the 02nd May 1942. Posted to 14 squadron on the 02nd November 1942, A total of 137 flying hours with 5 on the Kittyhawk.

Son of William Henry Francis (died 16th December 1956, age 62) and Alice Charlotte Spooner Law (died 13th January 1972, age 76), of Oxford streets, Picton, Marlborough.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, New Zealand Cenotaph, Weekly News of New Zealand, Air Museum of New Zealand, Museum of Transport and Technology, Auckland, Grave photo courtesy Thomas Fairweather.

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Acknowledgements
Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Stan D. Bishop, John A. Hey MBE, Gerrie Franken and Maco Cillessen - Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces, Vols 1-6, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiton - Nachtjagd Combat Archives, Vols 1-13. Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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