Sergeant Charles W Winkworth

17 Sep 1944

Charles William Winkworth was the husband of Mary Winkworth, of Belfast, Northern Ireland. He enlisted in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and volunteered for airborne forces.

Sergeant Winkworth successfully completed parachute training at RAF Ringway and then successfully completed Glider Pilot training and was posted to C Squadron, The Glider Pilot Regiment, and took part in the first lift, Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).

Sgt Winkworth was killed in action when his Hamilcar glider, Chalk number 318, turned over after landing, on Landing Zone ‘Z’, SE of the Boshoeve near Wolfheze, trapping both pilots under the Morris tractor and the 17 pounder Anti-Tank gun load. Sgt Winkworth was killed instantly and although Staff Sergeant White survived the landing he later died of his wounds.

Sgt Winkworth died on 17 September 1944, aged 22, and is commemorated on the Groesbeek Memorial to the missing.

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