George East

My father George East was posted to Silloth very early in the war. He said that one of his duties was to move round dummy aircraft in order to fool any enemy recce flights. My mother and I were living in a converted railway carriage at Allonby over the road from the beach. One morning when we were walking along the beach we were buzzed by very small sea plane flying so low that father had to throw us to the ground. I was only three years old but I can still remember it. He didn’t recognize the type and supposed it was an enemy. Father died in 1991, aged 80. He finished his service at Waddington with the rank of sergeant.

Submitted by David East, son of George East.

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