RAF Pilot Finally Laid To Rest

Posted on March 28, 2019

The aircraft being flown by Warrant Officer (WO) John Henry ‘Harry’ Coates came down in March 1945, and was discovered in 2017. On Wednesday 27th March 2019, WO Harry Coates was honoured at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Padua War Cemetery in Italy. The MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) organised the service, which was led by the Reverend (Dr) Group Captain Giles Legood, Deputy Chaplain in Chief (Operations), RAF.

Personnel from RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire carried his coffin.

The graveside ceremony was attended by family members, including niece Shelagh Coates from Stamford in Lincolnshire. A church service followed at the Cathedral of San Mauro in Cavarzere.

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