Buried in Italy, Mosquito Crew, 256 Squadron

Lorenzo Cegan Saggioro is looking for information for two Mosquito airmen buried in Padua in Italy. They were from 256 Squadron of Fighter Command. Their names were:

Pilot Officer Roy James George Beard – Pilot

Flight Sergeant D Maddock – Navigator (unusually no Christian name is given on the CWGC site)

They lost their lives on 25 April 1945, at the very end of the war. The details of their disappearance are given in 256 Squadron’s ORB.

256 Squadron ORB

This clearly was a catastrophic incident, leading to bad mutilation of the bodies. The Graves Concentration Report Form, below, gives details. (It is sad to note that the first man on the form, Peter Chapman, of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps, is reported to have been killed by Italian Fascists and buried by civilians.)

beard and maddock

beard tombstone

The very moving epitaph for the twenty-one-year old pilot reads:

OF ALL YOUR BRAVE ADVENTURES THIS, THE LAST, THE BRAVEST WAS AND BEST

It is a quotation from a poem by Maurice Baring.

 

maddock tombstone

For Maddock:

HE BELIEVED AND WAS NOT AFRAID

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