Burial Service for Warrant Officer John Henry Coates

27 March 2019 , 12:30

Burial service for Warrant Officer John Henry Coates, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve will be held at CWGC’s Padua War Cemetery.

Padua War Cemetery

A burial ceremony for Warrant Officer John Henry Coates will take place at 12:30pm at the CWGC’s Padua War Cemetery, Italy.

Warrant Officer Coates was serving with 111 Squadron when he died on 5 March 1945. He was involved in a bombing raid targeting barges on the canal north of the village of Cavarzere when his Spitfire PT 410 was hit by flak.

An excavation of the crash site took place in October 2017. Part of the fuselage was recovered, on which can be made out the flight number PT410. Warrant Officer insignia, together with Warrant Officer Coates’ pilot wings were also found. A DNA comparison undertaken by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre with a member of his family confirmed his identity. 

The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre and will be attended by family members, British Defence Staff, Regimental representatives, CWGC staff and local dignitaries. Members of the public are welcome to attend.