Urmston WW2 

Harold Bardsley

Rank:Flying OffNumber:120246
Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:210 Sqn RAFVR
Name of Rgt or Ship:Command Unkown
Country of burial:Malta
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 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

Memorials found on:
St. Michael's (Flixton)
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