19.10.1941 No. 61 OTU Spitfire I X4544 Sgt. Law
Date: 19th October 1941 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 61 Operational Training Unit. 81 Group
Type: Spitfire I
Code: Not issued
Base: RAF Heston, Middlesex
Location: Slyfield Green, Surrey
Pilot: Sgt. Donald Newsham Law NZ/404382 RNZAF Age 23. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During training which involved forced landing approach and slow rolls he executed a loop at between 2000 - 2500 ft. he was seen to bank steeply left and the levelled out. He then went into a dive and crashed at high speed at 11:40hrs.
The aircraft did not catch fire on impact but the young New Zealand pilot was killed instantly. It is thought that he may have hit his head rendering him unconscious during the aerobatic manoeuvres.
Sgt. Donald Newsham Law. Hounslow Cemetery. Plot D Row D. Grave 3. Born on the 26th May 1918 at Gisborne, the son of Albert John and Ivy Juanita Law (née Curtis), of Cambridge, Auckland, New Zealand. A bank officer at the New South Wales Bank prior to service. A total of 213 flying hours logged.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:
Note: Comprehensive information can be found on the great website of Dave Homewood "Wings Over Cambridge".