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233 Squadron Crest
07.09.1943 No. 233 Squadron Beaufighter T3423 Sq/Ldr. Arthur T. Maudsley DFM, DFC

Operation: Convoy protection

Date: 07th September 1943

Unit: No.  233 Squadron

Type:  Beaufighter IIf

Serial: T3423

Base: RAF Gibralter

Location: Longueira North East of Cape Sardão, Portugal

Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Arthur Terence Maudsley DFM, DFC. 43946 RAF Age 27. Killed

Nav: P/O. Arthur David Ashton 158260 RAFVR Age 30. Killed

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During convoy protection the Sq/Ldr. attacked a Fw 200 F8+AT flown by Lt. Erich Stoker of 9./KG40. The Conder crew  shot down the Beaufighter which crashed at Longueira north east of Cape Sardão.

Above: Beaufighter and below: Fw 200 (courtesy Bundesarchive)

The claim by Lt. Stoker was that of a Mosquito, however the identity was a mistake.

Sq/Ldr. Arthur Terence Maudsley received his DFM as a sergeant during 1939-1940. His DFC was awarded on the 24th December 1940 whilst with 233 Squadron.

The aircraft, Chris Goss discovered, was at the time on temporary loan to 233 Squadron at Gibraltar. 


Above and right, crew graves at Lisbon (St. George) British Churchyard (courtesy Graham Parsons)

Burial details:

Sq/Ldr. Arthur Terence Maudsley DFM, DFC. Lisbon (St. George) British Churchyard. Plot G1. Front Row. Grave 15. Son of John and Tennant Maudsley, of Caton, Lancaster, England. Grave inscription reads: ‘Dulce memoria. to have, to love, to lose, then when god wills, to find.’

P/O. Arthur David Ashton.Lisbon (St. George) British Churchyard. Plot G1. Front Row. Grave 14. Son of Charles William and Clara Elizabeth Ashton, husband of Nellie Margaret Ashton, of Wimbledon, Surrey, England. Grave inscription reads: ‘What we keep in memory, is ours unchanged for ever.’

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Carlos Guerreiro, Chris Goss for information. Graham Parsons for grave photographs. Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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