Flying Officer John Edward Coates

Service number 404956
Birth Date 1912-02-10
Birth Place Australia: Queensland, Brisbane
Death Date 1942-08-16
Death Place Germany
Final Rank Flying Officer
Service Royal Australian Air Force
Unit No. 106 Squadron (RAF)
Conflict/Operation Second World War, 1939-1945

Flying Officer John Edward Coates enlisted to the Royal Australian Air Force on 5 January 1941, after previously serving in the militia. He undertook pilot training in Australia, and completed his operational training in the United Kingdom. Flying Officer Coates went on to serve as a pilot with 106 Squadron, based in the United Kingdom. With this unit, he participated in bombing operations targeting strategic locations in enemy-occupied Europe. On 16 August 1942, Flying Officer Coates and his crew were undertaking a bombing operation targeting Dusseldorf, Germany, when they were killed in a flying battle. Flying Officer Coates is buried at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Germany.


  • Roll of Honour:

    No. 106 Squadron (RAF)
    Second World War, 1939-1945
    Flying Officer


Date of birth 10 February 1912
Date of enlistment 05 January 1941
Date of death 16 August 1942