Coates crew grave marker. Courtesy of David Chapman.

After an RAF grave had been identified and registered by an Army Graves Registration unit, a temporary wooden (or sometimes steel) cross was erected.

If the grave was a communal one (because the inhabitants of it had not yet been individually identified), a communal marking was made.

For details of the markers for one particular crew, that of WILLIAM DARBY COATES, follow the link.

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