North Cotes - RAF North Coates Strike Wing

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New Tribes Mission Headquarters

North Cotes

DN36 5XU

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Figure sculpture
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Cast figure of an airman in flying kit on top of a granite stone. On the front of the stone is affixed a plaque on which is the inscription.Memorial Measurements: depth 850mm, height 1690mm, width 960mm On Sunday 26th September, 1999, after a Church service at St. Nicholas at 10am our Plaque was unveiled at Noon, at our old airfield RAF North Coates, by our Vice – President, Wing Commander D.I. Cartridge DSO, DFC by courtesy of the New Tribes North Cotes Mission. A visit was made to the North Coates Flying Club to see their memorabilia and to witness the flight of a ¼ scaled Beaufighter complete with Torpedo. Our final leg was to the FLEECE in North Cotes village to rest from our labours and to take refreshment before returning to base. The above report is written on the Beaufighter Memorial on the Central Promenade at Cleethorpes, close to Ross Castle. The memorial there was opened on the same day as the replica at North Cotes itself- which can be viewed if you take the road from the village down to the old camp.
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PLAQUE: THE ROYAL AIR FORCE/ NORTH COATES STRIKE WING/ THIS MEMORIAL COMMEMORATES THE MEN/ AND WOMEN WHO SERVED AS PILOTS,/ NAVIGATORS AND GROUND PERSONNEL,/ WHICH FORMED THE ROYAL AIR FORCE/ NORTH COATES STRIKE WING/ DURING WORLD WAR II./ FROM 1942 TO 1945 COVERING THE/ COASTAL REGIONS OF NORWAY, DENMARK,/ GERMANY, HOLLAND, BELGIUM AND FRANCE/ FROM BERGEN TO THE SKAGERRAK,/ THE FRISIAN ISLANDS, THE NORTH SEA,/ THE ENGLISH CHANNEL AND/ THE BAY OF BISCAY TO BORDEAUX./ OPERATING WITH BRISTOL BEAUFIGHTER/ AIRCRAFT, ARMED WITH CANNON, BOMBS,/ TORPEDO AND ROCKETS THEY INFLICTED/ HEAVY LOSSES AND DAMAGE TO SHIPPING,/ DENYING FREEDOM OF THE SEA FOR SUPPLY/ PURPOSES, FOR THE NAZI GERMAN FORCES/ AND WAR INDUSTRY./ OVER 150,000 TONS OF ENEMY SHIPPING/ WAS DESTROYED./ THESE ATTACKS WERE MADE BY DAY &/ NIGHT, FLYING AT VERY LOW ALTITUDE/ IN COMBAT CONDITIONS OF VERY HEAVY/ GERMAN ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIRE./ 120 AIRCRAFT FAILED TO RETURN AND/ 241 AIRCREW FROM GREAT BRITAIN,/ THE COMMONWEALTH AND OUR ALLIES/ GAVE THEIR LIVES FLYING WITH/ THE ROYAL AIR FORCE/ NORTH COATES STRIKE WING/ (No's 143, 236 and 245 SQUADRONS).

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