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James Patrick Coates joined the Royal Navy in 1931 and was commissioned in the Engineer Branch in 1934. He was attached to the Fleet Air Arm on 9th October 1939.
Coates did his elementary flying training at 24 EFTS Sydenham. On 11th December 1939 he moved to 7 FTS Peterborough on No. 7 (FAA) Course, which ended on 27th May 1940.
He joined 808 Squadron at Castletown on 11th July 1940, flying Fulmars on dockyard defence.
Coates was killed on 26th November 1940 when his Fulmar N1943, aloft on an air test, crashed astern of HMS Ark Royal in the Mediterranean.
He is commemorated on the FAA Memorial at Lee-on-Solent.