The Airmen's Stories - S/Ldr. H G L Allsop
Harold Gordon Leach Allsop was born on 25th October 1909 and joined the RAF on a short service commission in June 1932. He was posted to 4 FTS Abu Sueir on 26th August and joined 84 Squadron at Shaibah, Iraq on 25th August 1933.
Allsop returned to Britain in 1936 and on 30th November he went to 608 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force at Thornaby as Adjutant and Flying Instructor. He was granted a permanent commission on 12th August 1938 and was still serving with 608 Squadron at the outbreak of war.
In early 1940 Allsop was serving in France. He was posted back to England and arrived at RAF Digby on 9th April for Operations duties.
On 22nd May Allsop arrived at 5 OTU Aston Down for a refresher course and from 5th June he was attached to 66 Squadron at Coltishall on administrative duties.
He flew one operational sortie, a sector patrol on 10th July.
He was posted away to 6 FTS Little Rissington on 13th July as CFI. He was posted from there on 23rd October 1941 for Air Staff duties.
He retired from the RAF on 25th October 1956 as a Wing Commander.
Allsop died on 12th January 1991 in Ipswich.