The Airmen's Stories - F/O H G Hardman
Harry Gordon Hardman was born on 4th May 1915 at Arncliffe, NSW, Australia but then returned with his family to England, he has been designated as of Australian nationality on the Monument but perhaps this is open to dispute. He was educated at Cottingham Commercial College in Bexleyheath, Kent and learned to fly at his own expense at Brooklands. He joined the RAF on a short service commission in October 1937, was posted to 5 FTS Sealand on 5th March 1938 and then joined 111 Squadron at Northolt on 17th September 1938.
He was still with 111 at the start of the Battle and on 13th August claimed a Do17 as damaged. On the 18th his section attacked a Do17 that was flying so low that they witnessed strikes on the ground from their own fire.
He was posted away in early September 1940 for instructor duties and rejoined 111 on 6th November 1940. He was released from the RAF in 1945 as a Squadron Leader.