Wing Commander Gynes Ramsbottom-Isherwood

Unit Royal Air Force
Place Europe: United Kingdom, England
Accession Number ART26129
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 61 cm x 50 cm; Framed: 77.7 cm x 67.7 cm x 3.5 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on plywood
Maker Colahan, Colin
Place made United Kingdom
Date made 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Wing-Commander Henry Neville Gynes Ramsbottom-Isherwood, DFC, Air Force Cross, RAF. Born in Blenheim, New Zealand, Ramsbottom-Isherwood went to Britain to join the Royal Air Force in the 1930s. He led the 151 fighter wing of the Royal Air Force fighting Germans alongside Russian pilots during the winter of 1941at Murmansk on the northern edge of the Soviet Union. One of only 4 non Russians to be awarded the Order of Lenin he was presented with his medal at the Soviet Embassy in London in 1942, around the time that this portrait was painted. He later flew in the Middle East and survived the war, rising to the rank of group captain, and becoming the commanding officer at Martlesham Heath RAF base in Suffolk. He died in 1950 when the Meteor jet fighter he was testing ran into a snowstorm.