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Bristol 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 navigator.

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

Squadron Leader Winlaw

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.

Squadron Leader Winlaw's memorial at Anfield Crematorium.

Cookham Dean war memorial

 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 and is buried in Ingatestone and Fryerning Cemetery Essex, section B. grave 145.

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 Leader Ashton played Cricket 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 life.

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