45092 Pilot Officer

LAWS, ADRIAN FRANCIS DFM

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Pilot
Royal Air Force


Age: 28
Date of Death: 30 September 1940
WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA CEMETERY

"Adrian Laws was born at East Dereham, Norfolk on 10 August 1912. He joined the RAF in March 1931 as an Aircrafthand (524143) and trained as a Storekeeper.
In November 1932 Laws was posted to the Middle East. He later applied for pilot training, was selected and began flying at 4FTS Abu Sueir in July 1935. With the course completed Laws joined 64 Squadron at Ismalia on 20 April 1936 as a Sergeant-Pilot.
The Squadron returned to the UK in September 1936 and Laws was still serving with it at the outbreak of war, at Church Fenton.
He was promoted to Flight Sergeant on 1 July 1940. On the 12th Laws shared in the destruction of a HE111, on July 29th he claimed a Bf109 destroyed, on August 11th he damaged a Bf109, on the 13th damaged a Do17, on the 15th claimed a Bf109 destroyed and on the 18th destroyed a Bf110 and shared a He111. He was awarded the DFM (17.9.40).
Commissined on September 28, Laws was killed on the 30th, when he was in collision with another Spitfire during a routine patrol. The tail unit of his Spitfire, P9564, was sheared off and he spiralled to the ground.
Laws was 28. He is buried at Wells-next-the Sea Cemetery, Norfolk."

Wynn, Kenneth W (1999) Men of the Battle of Britain CCB Associates
ISBN 1 902074 10 6


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