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    Default 256 Sqdn collision, 31 Oct 1942, Wales: S/L Winlaw

    I'd be grateful for any information on the collision which killed S/L Winlaw RAFVR (72178). It took place near Caernarvon on 31 October 1942 during a training exercise; S/L Winlaw was in 256 Sqdn. Also any details of his service - so far all I have is what's available on CWGC and his Wikipedia page, but nothing on the incident or S/L Winlaw's prior service.

    Many thanks, as ever.

    Pat

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    Hello,

    No.20 Operational Training Unit Wellington III BK234 (whilst on a training exercise), collided in mid-air with No.256 Squadron Beaufighter IF X7845 over North Wales, on 31 October, 1942.

    Crew of Wellington BK234:

    1343177 Sgt (Pilot) Thomas Main Gardner GRAY RAFVR +
    117413 F/O (Nav.) Donald Robert HARDING RAF +
    1585143 Sgt (Air Bomber) Stuart Edward BLACKMAN RAFVR +
    1195400 Sgt (W./Op.) John Dimmock FORSYTH RAFVR +
    922125 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Sidney George COOK RAFVR+

    Crew of Beaufighter X7845:

    72178 S/L (Pilot) Roger De-Winton Kelsall WINLAW RAFVR +
    90451 S/L (Nav.[Radio]) Claude Thesiger ASHTON RAF(AAF) +

    Both aircraft fell some 2 miles from Bangor in Caernarvonshire. The two officers killed in the Beaufighter, were S/L R DeW K Winlaw, an Honours graduate from Cambridge and the son of the Revd George Preston Kelsall Winlaw. Prior to the war thirty year-old S/L Winlaw had been on the teaching staff of Harrow School. S/L C T Ashton, eleven years his senior, had also passed through Cambridge and was an exceptional sportsman, excelling at cricket, football and hockey, attaining Blues in all three sports. In civilian life he had been a chartered accountant.

    See:
    Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses Vol.7 Operational training Units 1940-1947.
    Chorley, W R.
    Hinckley:Midland Publishing,2002.
    p.171.

    Col.
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    That's great, many thanks Col B. At first glance those pilots seem somewhat old and senior to be routinely flying on ops with 256, though I have to say I don't know much about night-fighter ops at all so perhaps not. Might they conceivably have been keeping their hands in, so to speak?

    Pat

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