Born in Hastings, 1923, David moved to what was then the British Mandate of Palestine to live with his Grandparents in 1934. It was here that David first interacted with the British Army. He spent time at their base nearly every day of the week, going out on patrols and drinking beer with them. Even at this young age, David proved to be an asset for the army as he was used to translate Hebrew and Arabic for them, when communicating with the locals.
David moved back to England in 1938, by the time that war broke out, he was working as a Mechanic in Manchester. Having lived through the Blitz of 1940, David signed up for the air cadets. However, it wasn’t until 1942 that he was assigned to the RAF.