Victor Albert EAST, Sergeant Pilot 1135237 RAF Volunteer Reserve. 1942.
Victor A East was born in Serpentine Street, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire on 30 th November 1919, he is Father Joseph EAST and his Mother Annie Ethel Irene FIELDSEND know as Irene or Renee. They had married in the Autumn 1919. Joseph is a horseman on farm, he had been a Corporal in Royal Army Service Corps, Motor Transport.
Victor and a second pilot P/O M.R.J HEATH were killed in a flying accident on 4 th June 1942. The plane a Tiger Moth (T6532) of 5 Flying Instructors’ School, Perth, Scotland, stalled and crashed at Burnfoot Farm, Newtyle, Angus.
As the time of his death his mother was living in Middle Rasen, Lincolnshire and so Victor was buried in St Peter and St Paul graveyard with full military honours.
The local newspaper Market Rasen Mail reported on 13 th June his death, including a Photograph.
In her booklet ‘Let us sleep now… part two’ Rosalind Boyce has researched the men on the town War Memorial who died during WW11 and has spoken to family members. They have different memories to the information in the newspaper report. So I have included both.
13 th June 1942 newspaper Report on the death of Sergeant VA EAST
News of the death in an accident of Sergt Pilot Victor Albert East of North Owersby, member of a family which is very well known throughout the Rasen district, came as a great shock to his friends. In just over a year Victor had advanced in grade from A.C 2 to three stripes and his wings. His ambition to become a night fighter pilot seemed on the verge of realisation. He had everything which made for success- nerve, dash, initiative. Then, unfortunately, he was involved in an accident on a home station when his training was over and he was on the point of being posted for operational duties.
Educated at North Owersby and De Aston School, Market Rasen. Victor joined the RAF just as soon as he was able. He volunteered for flying duties and rapidly advanced in technical knowledge. Soon after America came into the war he was with the British group in Arizona and on returning to this country he was for a time engaged in instructional work. He was only 22 and about three weeks ago he was home on leave and saw many of his Friends in Market Rasen.
Information on funeral and mourners
The CEGC website records both Victor’s parents as living at Reepham, but Joseph EAST had died at some time previously and relatives do not have any recollection of the family being there. In the 1939 register Irene EAST is listed as residing at The Hall, Owersby.
Later she moved to Middle Rasen.
Family members also stated They thought that Victor was born in Dear Street and not Serpentine Street. Also they thought he went to the local Church of England school in Market Rasen.
V.A. EAST is recorded on the Market Rasen Town War Memorial and Middle Rasen War Memorial. A.V. EAST is also recorded on the local Da Aston School War Memorial is it Victor? Yes, stone graver’s mistake. The De Aston school magazine listed V.A. East as a pupil in 1931-1934.
Let us sleep 2 by R Boyce Market Rasen Mail June 1942
De Aston school magazine 1943 Rase Heritage Society
Photograph from Market Rasen Mail, and Caroline Foster