10.04.1941 No. 1 PRU Spitfire I (PR) C P9307 F/O. Loasby
Date: 10th April 1941 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit. Coastal Command
Type: Spitfire I (PR) C
Code: Not issued
Base: RAF Benson, Oxfordshire
Pilot: F/O. Laurence David Loasby 36242 RAF Age 23. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from St. Eval in Cornwall at 07:50 hrs. on a Reconnaissance operation to Brest in France.
Understood to have been intercepted and shot down by Lt. Horst Ulenberg of 2./JG26 with the Spitfire coming down north of Ushant in the English Channel at 09:22 hrs. Neither his body or remains of the aircraft were found
F/O. Laurence David Loasby. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 30. Born on the 11th October 1917 at Wellington, the son of David Pell Loasby and Olive Frances Loasby (née Jenks), of Greytown, Wellington, New Zealand. Prior to service worked on his fathers Orchard. A total of 651 flying hours logged and completed 31 operatinal sorties.
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: