Pilot Officer Hugh T Weller-Poley

15 Sep 1942

Hugh Thomas Weller-Poley was the son of Edward Hallifax and Ursula Weller-Poley, of Boxted.

He was born in 1922 and was killed in an air accident on 15 September 1942, age 20.

He was with No. 1 Glider Training Squadron at Thame from 13 May 1942 as an NCO pilot and was commissioned in June 1942.

On 15 September 1942 he took off from RAF Kidlington at 01:55 on a single circuit night exercise. The Tug was a bi-plane Hector 1 piloted by Sgt Alistair William Allen, RNZAF. The glider was a Hotspur with P.O. Weller-Poley as instructor pilot and Corporal Hugh W C Corke, Glider pilot Regiment, the student.

They took off into low cloud which rapidly deteriorated and they crashed into the ground near Wytham, 4 miles SSW of RAF Kidlington and sadly all three men were killed.

Pilot Officer Hugh Thomas Weller-Poley is commemorated at Boxted (All Saints) Churchyard.

By Rod Gibson

With additional information from Tony Pringle

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