Beaufighter X7845 – 31/10/1942.
Bristol Beaufighter No X7845 of No
256 squadron took of from Woodvale on the 31st October 1942 to take
part in a “Bullseye” exercise over North Wales, the aircraft was flown by
Squadron Leader Roger de Winton Kelsall with pilot officer C. T. Ashton as his
Whilst carrying out mock attacks on Vickers Wellington bombers, Beaufighter No X7845 collided with one of the Wellington’s, No BK234 and both aircraft crashed at Perfeddgoed farm near Bangor with the loss of both crews.
Squadron Leader Winlaw aged 30 was cremated and his ashes were scattered over the sea, and is commemorated on Panel No 3 Liverpool (Anfield) Crematorium. His name also appears on Cookham Dean.
Squadron Leader Winlaw's memorial at Anfield Crematorium.
Cookham Dean war memorial
Squadron Leader Winlaw was
the son of the Revd. George Preston Kelsall Winlaw, M.A., and Minnie Winlaw also
the husband of Marsali Mary Winlaw, of Cookham Dean, Berkshire. He had
been a master at Harrow School before joining the RAFVR.
Squadron Leader Claude
Thesiger Ashton aged
41 was born on
the 19th February 1901 in Calcutta, India
buried in Ingatestone
Fryerning Cemetery Essex,
Squadron Leader Ashton
was the son of Hubert
Shorrock Ashton and of Victoria Alexandrina Ashton also the husband of Isabel
Norman Ashton of Ingatestone. Squadron
for Cambridge University
and Essex, played
Association Football for the Corinthians and Hockey. And was given a full international
cap for Association Football in 1925, he had been a Chartered Accountant in civilian
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