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John D Salt

Mr Picky points out that, as well as hosting the top-scoring maritime strike wing during the war, North Coates was after the war home to the first RAF Bloodhound squadron (264 Sqn), having been the first to receive the weapon:

The newsreel I think shows some of the inspiration for the contemporaneous Airfix “Bloodhound” kit.

The unit referenced in my avatar, 266 Squadron, was at Rattlesden, over 100 miles away the other side of the Wash. The whole Bloodhound force of 11 squadrons (in four wings) would have been co-ordinated in action from the battle management centre at Patrington, a snidge to the North of North Coates.

It’s not all good — I understand that RAF North Coates was where Max Bygraves first performed.

All the best,