North Cotes - RAF Window

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Reference WMO/261876


St Nicholas Church


North Cotes

DN36 5UT


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Stained glass window
  • Non-Specific Conflict
About the memorial: Window with panel depicting badge of RAF North Coates. The window measures some 2060mm high by 460mm wide and is the responsibility of the Parish Church RAF says farewell to North Coates The Bishop of Grimsby, the Rt. Rev. G. F. Colin, dedicated the window at St. Nicholas’s Church, North Coates assisted by the Vicar of Marshchapel, the Rev. P. Leverton; the Station Commander, RAF North Coates, Squadron Leader F. A. Smith and church warden Warrant Officer D. G. Allen RAF North Coates, former Bloodhound rocket station, took part in its last major ceremony at the weekend when a stained glass window presented to the village to mark a 50-year association with the base, was dedicated at the parish church of St. Nicholas. The congregation included Air Vice-Marshall I. G. Broom, Air Officer Commanding of No. 11 (fighter) group, and past members of the station which took a leading part in wartime operations against German coastal defences. Now the Ministry of Defence has decided to close it at the end of the month. Paid Tribute The Bishop of Grimsby, the Rt. Rev. G. G. Colin, who conducted the service, paid tribute to the RAF and what it had done for the local community. He said the station and its personnel would be missed, but the window would always be a lasting reminder. Also present were members of the parish council, the Grimsby & Cleethorpes RAFA branches, and RAF North Coates last Commanding Officer, Wing Commander F. R. Davidson and Mrs. Davidson. The window was commissioned by Wing Commander and installed in the church last month. Grimsby Evening Telegraph 4th February 1971 Source: Grimsby Central Library: N611:726.5
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