David Dancy

Story of a Flight Engineer

 

Airfields

Waterbeach (Cambridgeshire)
Pundit Code - WJ, Elevation- 17 feet, Opened January 1941 - Currently used by Army, 3 Concrete/Tarmac Runways. 6 Hangars, Opened with full station status, Became No 33 Base HQ September 1943, 1651 HCU 2 January 1942 - 21 November 1943

Downham Market (Norfolk)
Pundit Code - DO, Elevation - 117 Feet, Opened July 1942 - Closed October 1946, 3 Concrete Runways. 3 Hangars, Opened as satellite to Marham, Given full station status March 1944, 218 Squadron 10 July 1942 - 7 March 1943, 623 Squadron 10 August 1943 - 6 December 1943, 214 Squadron 1 December 1043 - 17 January 1944

Woolfox Lodge (Rutland)
Pundit Code - WL, Elevation - 344 feet, Opened December 1940 - Closed January 1966, 3 tarmac Runways. 5 Hangars, Opened as reserve landing ground for Cottesmore, Became satellite to North Luffenham October 1941, Full station status from June 1943, To USAAF control September 1944, To RAF control October 1944, Became No 73 Base substation October 1944, 218 Squadron 7Airfields

Waterbeach (Cambridgeshire)
Pundit Code - WJ, Elevation- 17 feet, Opened January 1941 - Currently used by Army, 3 Concrete/Tarmac Runways. 6 Hangars, Opened with full station status, Became No 33 Base HQ September 1943, 1651 HCU 2 January 1942 - 21 November 1943

Downham Market (Norfolk)
Pundit Code - DO, Elevation - 117 Feet, Opened July 1942 - Closed October 1946, 3 Concrete Runways. 3 Hangars, Opened as satellite to Marham, Given full station status March 1944, 218 Squadron 10 July 1942 - 7 March 1943, 623 Squadron 10 August 1943 - 6 December 1943, 214 Squadron 1 December 1043 - 17 January 1944

Woolfox Lodge (Rutland)
Pundit Code - WL, Elevation - 344 feet, Opened December 1940 - Closed January 1966, 3 tarmac Runways. 5 Hangars, Opened as reserve landing ground for Cottesmore, Became satellite to North Luffenham October 1941, Full station status from June 1943, To USAAF control September 1944, To RAF control October 1944, Became No 73 Base substation October 1944, 218 Squadron 7 March 1944 - 4 August 1944, 1665 HCU June 1943 - 29 January 1944.

Badges reproduced by permission of the Secretary of State for Defence

15 Squadron Crest 15 Squadron
Codes DJ Lancaster, Stirling, Blenheim, Wellington, Battle, LS - Anson, Stirling.
April 1945 - June 1945. Completed his second tour of duty, and earned the DFC whilst flying with this Squadron.
Formed 1st March 1915 at South Farnborough and disbanded in December 1919.
Reformed as a bomber squadron in March 1924.
Flew its last wartime bombing mission on 22nd April 1945.

Aircraft
From To Type
Mar 1915 Jun 1917 BE2c
Jun 1917 Dec 1919 RE8
Mar 1924 Jun 1934 ??
Jun 1934 1936 Hawker Harts
1936 1938 Hawker Hinds
Jun 1938 Dec 1939 Fairey Battles
Dec 1939 Nov 1940 Blenheim IV
Nov 1940 May 1941 Wellington IC
Apr 1941 Dec 1943 Stirling I & III
Dec 1943 19 Lancaster B.I, B.III & B.I(Special)

49 Squadron
Codes XU Hampden, EA - Manchester, Lancaster

90 Squadron
Codes WO/WP - Lancaster, Stirling, B17, TW - Blenheim, JN/XY - Lancaster, Stirling

161 Squadron
Codes MA - Hudson, Stirling, Halifax, Albemarle, Lysander, Havoc, JR - Lysander

205 Squadron

218 Squadron
October 1944 - October 1945
Codes XH - Lancaster, HA - Wellington, Battle, Stirling, Lancaster, Blenheim, HH - Wellington, SV - Battle

617 Squadron
Codes KC/YZ Lancaster, AJ - Mosquito, Lancaster