Sale WW2 

Harold Bardsley

Rank:Flying OfficerNumber:120246
Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:210 Sqn RAFVR
Name of Rgt or Ship:Coastal Command
Country of burial:MaltaGrave Photo:No
Cemetery or Memorial:Malta Memorial
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Employed by Messrs. Ellis & Sons from 1933 until he enlisted in the R.A.F.
in 1940.  He became a Student Member of the Institute of Auctioneers and
Estate Agents in 1935 and became an Associate Member in 1939.  [Journal of
Inst. of A. & E.A. Vol. 27 Part II, November 1947].

210 Sqn was detailed to Pembroke Dock, south Wales and then to
Gibraltar(Map 40/1), w.e.f. 4th October 1942, flying Catalina Mk Ib's.

Reported missing on a Catalina flying boat sortie.

Commemorated on the private family gravestone in St. Martin's Churchyard.

His father Henry, died on 29/12/1933 aged 56 and his mother Edith died
29/03/1974 aged 76 years.

Reformed on 1 March 1931 - 210 Sqn was stationed at Felistowe as a flying
boat squadron, receiving Southamptons in May. In June 1931 it moved to
Pembroke dock where a flying boat base was being built which became the
squadrons home base until the war. In September 1935 No.210 converted to
Rangoons and moved to Gibraltar during the Ethiopian crisis, returning in
August 1936 to re-equip with Singapores. In September 1937 it was detached
to Algeria as part of an Anglo-French force assembled to counter the
activities of submarines attacking neutral ahipping during the Spanish
Civil War, returning in December. In June 1938, the first Sunderlands
arrived and by the end of the year No.210 was fully equipped. The first
operational patrol with the type was flown on 3 September 1939, and in the
following months detachments were positioned at In vergordon and Sullom Voe
to fly patrols over the northern exits from the North Sea. In July 1940 the
Squadron moved to Oban to fly patrols over the Adlantic and in April 1941
converted to Catalinas. In February 1942 a move was made to the Shetlands
and a detachment sent to Gibraltar in October, when the rest of the
squadron moved to Pembroke Dock. 

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