David Dancy

Story of a Flight Engineer


The beginning

David came from a large family (see Family Tree), his mother Violet Skinner had 13 children. Eight from her first marriage to Charles Wentworth and five from her marriage to David's father William Henry Dancy.

David was born in 1924, in Ainslie Street, Grimsby. At the age of 3/4 the family moved to Hainton Avenue, Grimsby. He attended Welholme Road School, which catered for Infants, Juniors and Seniors. With his father a music teacher, David was very musical, playing the piano, guitar and harmonica. As the children grew up and left home his parents moved to a smaller house at 53 Tennyson Road, Cleethorpes.

Destined to fly

When David left school he got a job in a shoe shop, but by the time he was 17 (1943) he joined the RAF as a volunteer.

David was awarded the DFC in June 1945, whilst serving with XV Squadron, Mildenhall. XV Squadron were equipped with Lancaster MK I aircraft.

David married Nancy Barnard

David (& his family) were based in Changi, Singapore in 1958 when, on an anti-piracy patrol, his plane crashed killing all on board. After days of searching only one body was recovered, David's.

Immediately after the crash, Nancy & the girls returned to England. With nowhere to go, they went to live with Nancy's sister Marie in Scotland