Dan Steele

Photographic Colourist

Wing Commander Ian “Widge” Gleed, RAF Ibsley, Hampshire, ~1942

Wing Commander Ian “Widge” Gleed, sat in his Spitfire Mk VB at RAF Ibsley, Hampshire, where he led the Wing until June 1942. Gleed was a veteran of the Battle of Britain flying Hurricanes with No. 87 Squadron, rising to the rank of Squadron Leader. Sadly, he was killed during a fighter sweep in French Tunisia, 16th April 19431.

Colour by Dan Steele
“Wing Commander I R ‘Widge’ Gleed sitting in the cockpit of his Supermarine Spitfire Mark VB, AA742 ‘R-G’, at Ibsley, Hampshire, when leading the Ibsley Wing. Note Gleed’s personal emblem, depicting ‘Figaro’ the cat swatting a swastika, beneath the cockpit.” © IWM CH 5908
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Gleed

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  1. Kevin Maitland-Gleed February 5, 2022

    Lovely work.
    Ian Gleed was a relative once removed.
    Your work highlights the toll of battle on him
    Do you sell your work.

    • Dan Steele February 6, 2022 — Post author

      Thanks, Kevin. The original really lent itself to the colour. A great photograph of a brilliant man, you must be proud to be related? I don’t sell my work, nearly all the originals are covered by IWM copyright.

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