Video: York Spitfire Pilot To Get A Hero’s Funeral 74 Years After Being Shot Down Near Venice



From YorkMix.


A York war hero who was killed when his Spitfire was shot down over Italy is to finally be laid to rest 74 years later – after archaeologists discovered his body.

John Henry Coates, 24, took off in one of six RAF Spitfires from 111 Squadron from Rimini Airfield on March 5, 1945.

They were on a bombing mission, with barges moored on a canal close to Venice their target.

His plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed close to the village of Cavarzere in north east Italy.


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