Corporal Hugh W C Corke

15 Sep 1942

Hugh Walter Charles Corke was the son of Walter Thomas and Emily Corke, 0f Hounslow, Middlesex.

He was born in 1924 and was killed in an air accident on 15 September 1942, age 18.

He was with The Glider Pilot Regiment, Army Air Corps, 1st Wing.

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.

Corporal Hugh Walter Charles Corke is commemorated at Isleworth Cemetery, Block R. Class C.E. Grave 74

By Rod Gibson

With additional information from Tony Pringle

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