“A Day in the Life of … Freddie Coates”

This online exhibition features images and experiences of various members of the SAAF and RAF.

February 1944. Course 26 AB 41 Air School


Frederick George Coates was born in Enfield, Middlesex, England on 14th March 1920.
His brother Albert joined the Royal and Merchant Navies and was on HMS Southampton when it was bombed.
He had a little sister Olive who died when she was about 2 or 3 years old.
He became an electrical engineer after the War and spent many years in Kenya and Southern Africa where he won many trophies for boxing and golf. He married in 1966 and a daughter Lynda was born in 1969.

In 1972 the family moved to Botswana for 2 years then Swaziland for 3 years before moving to Northamptonshire, England.

George Frederick Coates died 23rd November 1998.

George Bonfield BM, Jock Livingstone AG, Taffy Watkin BA, Mack McCormick BA Italy 1944


Celone, Foggia Italy 1944


Foggia, December 1944


" Our Liberator cockpit, Celone, Foggia, Italy 1944"


"Our Liberator, Celone, Italy, 1944"


Grotto del Piccione, Rome. January 25th, 1945


All images from the F Coates Collection