W/Cdr Ian Gleed’s Spitfire

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 This time a Spitfire in Tunis. Hasegawa 1/48th Mk.Vb in the markings of AB502 of No. 244 Wing, flown by W/Cdr Ian Gleed in ...

 This time a Spitfire in Tunis. Hasegawa 1/48th Mk.Vb in the markings of AB502 of No. 244 Wing, flown by W/Cdr Ian Gleed in the spring of 1943.  This one wears the regulatory tropical land scheme of Dark Earth, Middle Stone and Azure Blue. 

Ian Gleed gained most of his 13-plus victories flying Hurricanes with No. 87 Squadron, particularly during the Battles of France and Britain in 1940.  He also shot down a handful of Ju-88s and other Luftwaffe aircraft during the Channel War prior to shipping out for North Africa.  On April 16, 1943 Gleed lost his life in air combat against Bf109G’s of JG-77 over the coast of Tunis near Cap Bon, most likely the victim of experte Ernst Wilhelm Reinert.

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