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Updated: 9 Mar 05

Cleethorpes seafront is home to the memorial to RAF North Coates and its 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.

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 and night, flying at very low altitude on 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 254 Squadrons).

The Roll of Honour website has three photographs of the memorial :: click here

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