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The Airmen's Stories - P/O K Schadtler-Law


Kennith Schadtler-Law was born on 12th December 1916 in Johannesburg, South Africa and joined the RAF on a short service commission in April 1939. After completing his training he arrived at 11 Group Pool, St. Athan on 28th December 1939. After converting to Hurricanes he was posted to 605 Squadron at Tangmere on 25th January 1940.

On 28th March Schadtler-Law was flying in Yellow Section when a He111 was sighted entering cloud at 6000 feet. The section-leader fired two short bursts, setting the enemy aircraft on fire. The bomber was attacked and finished off by 43 Squadron at 1000 feet and the victory was shared. It was 605's first encounter with the Luftwaffe.

On 15th August Schadtler-Law made a forced-landing on Hartlepool Golf Course after combat near Newcastle, in Hurricane P2717. He was badly injured and admitted to West Hartlepool Hospital.

His subsequent service is currently undocumented but he stayed in the RAF postwar and retired on 1st July 1968 as a Wing Commander. He later changed his name to Law.

He died on 7th May 1986 in Purley, Surrey.


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