Mick Gladwin – Another Who Made A Difference


Mick was born in Chatham, Kent, then lived with his family in Strood until he was seventeen years old. At the age of eighteen he joined the Royal Air Force, Photographic Trade and served at various stations in the UK. These included RAF Cosford, RAF Brampton, RAF Aldergrove, RAF High Wycombe, RAF Wyton and RAF Marham and overseas tours including:

RAF Rheindahlen, RAF Laarbruch, Oman, Turkey, and Sardinia.

In 1980, Mick married Carole and went on to have two daughters Laura and Holly. Mick reached the pinnacle of his career when he was promoted to Warrant Officer. A proud moment for him. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and the Pooley Sword in his last year of service.

After serving thirty-seven years, Mick retired from the RAF and became involved with village life as a Parish Councillor for Brampton. He also found new passion, the Wyton Heritage Centre, in which he immersed himself completely and built himself a new website ‘airrecce’.

There have been many special memories made along his journey through life, but none more so than meeting new friends and colleagues with whom he worked and socialised. Mick spent as much time as possible, with his family and grandson, and on holidays in and outside of the UK.

Mick had been a Member of the RAF Photographers Association for over 10 years and will be sadly missed by many Members – RIP

Write up from the Royal Air Force Photographers Association magazine – Flashback Edition 66 Spring 2017


Thank you to everyone who took the time to come along to my Mick’s funeral 15th February 2017. It was an amazing send off and he would have been so proud! There were so many more people there than he would have ever expected and it was lovely to hear everyone’s stories!
Rest in Peace, enjoy the views from up there!!


Some of the many wonderful comments

Srecko Bradic

My great friend for a years… I can’t believe this happen 😦

Andy Fountain

I’m not sure if this is serious or Micks Facebook has been hacked?

Dave Read Aav

This is totally unexpected and shocking news

Pete Moose Jousiffe


Steve Follows

Really sad news, heart goes out to family x

Rob Cook

Oh no! So sorry to read this. My utmost condolences to Micks family

Nige Green

Absolutely gutted, thoughts are with you all.

Karl Whitelaw

What a complete and utter shock. My condolences go to all the family at this very sad time. Thoughts and prayers are with you all

Lee Matthews

Thoughts are with Micks family and friends 😦

Andy Fountain

OMG what a sad loss, our thoughts are with you all at this time

Gav Laa

So sorry to hear this. Thoughts with you all. Raising a glass to a lovely man

Chris Perkins

My thoughts, are with you and your family, at this very sad time

Terry Knight

So very sorry to hear this. Rest easy Mick, Per Ardua brother

Pete Moose Jousiffe

This is so sad; many condolences to all the family. Such a lovely bloke 😢

Jason Parke

OMG I’m so sorry to hear this news, love to all the family 😢

Steve Witty Woah.

Sad news indeed 😦 A genuinely lovely man who I loved chatting to, condolences to all his family, what a terrible loss.

John Sheehan

Very sad news! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Michael Smith

RIP Mick, you will be sadly missed.

Adam Sorensen

Words cannot express the sadness. A true gentleman, honorable photog and a great friend. A huge loss.

Heidi Burton

Oh my goodness, such awful news, thinking of you all at this time. I’m in shock, I can’t believe it.

Ben Lees

Really sad to hear this, condolences to his family.

Tim Hammond

This is such sad news, I can’t believe it. Mick was such a nice guy, you always knew that he was on your side and no matter how bad times were, he was always there with his chuckle. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Gareth Bufton

Carole and family my condolences to you all – tragic awful news.

Gareth Mills

I’m devastated! Known Mick all my Service life, my sincere condolences to Carol and the Family. Per Ardua Mick.

George Fenney

Please pass on my deepest condolences to Carole and family. Mick was such a nice person he will be sorely missed by a great many people.x

Graham Taylor

This is truly awful news.
To hear this of someone who did so much for the trade is devastating.
RiP to a great gent and tradesman.

Sharron Floyd

This is such sad sad news. He was a warm funny man. Always willing to listen and had some great stories. This is such a loss. My thoughts are with his family.

Richard Preece

Sad news. Knew Mick from my time at at Brampton and i can honestly say he’s one of the nicest guys i’ve ever met. RIP fella.

Darren Green

I’m so gutted to Hear this awful news 😢What a shock Mick was a dear friend and supporter of my Canberra PR.7 Cockpit Section from the start he’s helped so much in building on the Aircrafts history and even got 779 in a book he was working on..

RIP my Good Friend you are going to be truly missed 😢😢😢

Hayley Love

Oh my goodness, such sad news. Thinking of you all. Mick was a lovely genuine man. So sorry to hear this x

Colin Inglis

Dreadful news. My thoughts are with you all. Lovely bloke!!

Wayne Palmer

My sincere condolences at this awful time. Knew Mick as a young SAC all the way up to his retirement as a WO. Time to stand down my friend. Per Ardua Ad Astra.

Terry Hansford

Carole, such a shock to read this. My condolences to you and your family.

Tom Goldie

A genuinely nice fellow sploosher! My condolences to you and yours.

Bill Mackie

Condolences to all the family. RIP Mick.

Phil Goldsmith

Dreadful news Mike was a great man I enjoyed hi company my thoughts are with you God Bless.
Please let me know when the funeral is.

Stephen Weir

Sad news indeed. RIP Mick.

Chris Ward

Mick was a brilliant chap. I knew him back in the RIC(NI) days. He was a gent and it was a privilege to have known him. RIP buddy.

Kev Fairholm

My condolences to the family, sorry to hear about the loss of a genuinely nice guy. RIP Mick

Jeff Hawley

Always there to help you if he could. RIP Mick

Mick Smith

Very sad! RIP Mick

Miles J Bayford

RIP Mick. Truly a lovely guy. My thoughts are with you all.

David Humphreys

Shocking news to hear, condolences to his family.

Sarah Merry

Such a shock to hear this terrible news. My condolences to Carole and all your family. Mick was such a lovely, cheerful and just a genuine man. RIP x

Rich Denton

My sincere condolences. Such a wonderful guy who always had the time for his Photogs. He will be sadly missed.

Mel Galbraith

Oh my, such terribly sad news. Never a day went by sitting near Mick in Avionics PT without him making me smile at a joke or anecdote and since we’ve both retired from the RAF I’ve loved to follow his posts on here. I’m so sorry for your loss Carole and family he was such a kind, lovely man xxx

David Stunell

My deepest sympathies go out to all of Mick’s family! Mick was a great, honest cheerful and genuine man! He was a man to look up to and respect, the world is worse off for his passing!

Martin Abraham

OMG. I am left totally shocked by this sad news. Mick was a true gent and a proper friend to me. This just isn’t right. Thoughts to all the family.
My hat off to Mick the Gent 😔

Bernard Cheeseman

My thought’s are with his family RIP Mick.

Ian Clare

Really sorry to hear about Mick’s passing. He was one of life’s true gents. RIP Mick Gladwyn

Archie Leach

Shocked and saddened to hear this, one of the nicest and most genuine blokes of the trade and a great loss. 😔 Sincere condolences to all your family Mick.

Kevin Howes

Condolences to you Carole and family. Mick was a great guy who I can truthfully say I never heard a bad word from or about R.I.P. another sad day

Paddy Hill

It doesn’t seem right to like this post. Very sad news thoughts with Carole and his family. Lovely guy one of the trades true legends and a true gentleman

Tim Thurston

Sad news, another xTG14 decent photog passes on. Commiserations to the Gladwin family

Kevin Sharp

Incredibly sad news, a genuine good bloke. RIP mate

Wo Willie

Thoughts with Carole and his family. So sad. RIP Mick

Mark Brown

Sorry to hear this.I knew Mick from my time at Brampton.
Thoughts are with all family and friends.RIP Mick.

Adrian Cragg

Condolences to Mick’s family and friends. I truely decent guy who will be sadly missed.

Bob Hopkins

Sorry to hear such sad news RIP Mick

John Mudd

Sad news. Condolences and all my best wishes to the family..

Andrew Ferguson

Gutted to hear this news about the gentleman that was Mick. Rest easy.

Craig Bromwich

Rip mick, and condolences to Carole and family, had the pleasure of working with mick 1998-99

Tom Newcombe

Very sad to hear this, RIP Mick

Alex Cave

RIP Mick 😔thoughts are with the family at this time.
Calm seas and fair winds Mick

James Hennessey

Carole, I only knew Mick Gladwin for a short period but in that time I gained an immense amount of respect for him. I am truly shocked and my deepest condolences for your loss.

Rob Kodak Travis

gutted. cant believe it RIP Mick. you were a top bloke. always had time for everyone.

Nigel Caulfield

Shocked and saddened, RIP Mick, all our thoughts to those left behind

Ian Ashford

My condolences to Carol and family. Totally stunned. We’ve lost a real gentleman from our ranks.

Martin Corrigan

What a shock rip big man

Andy Moore

I am in complete shock and disbelief. One of the most genuine, thoughtful and truly decent people I have ever known. RIP Mick Gladwin; my condolences to Carole and family 😥

Andy Richardson

Terrible and shocking news! A true gent of the trade. My sincere condolences to Carol and all Micks family. RIP MicK you’ll be greatly missed.

Hilary Roberts

I am so very sorry. Mick was a treasured friend and colleague who gave so much while asking so little. Thinking of you Mick, as well as your family and your RAF family xxx

Gordon Cave

Genuinely shocked!!! What a great and decent person. Always had a smile and a joke. RIP Mick. Condolences to the family.

Dave Wood

Sad news indeed.

Graham John Wallace

Condolences to Carole and the family. RIP Mick

Tim Tracey Robinson

What a shock, such a sad loss. Sincere condolences to Carole and family. A wonderful friend and colleague for over 30 years. He will be missed greatly, remembered always.

Wayne Beeching

My condolences to Carole and family. RIP Mick

Ralph Merry

Quite literally speechless, shocked and saddened!! My sincerest condolences to you carol & family. 😞

Phil Johnson

One of the nicest blokes I’ve had the pleasure to work for. RIP Mick and condolences to his family.

Emily Burns

My heart has been deeply saddened by this news, he will be greatly missed, my thoughts and sympathy go to his family and friends at this moment xxxx

Tim Chandler

In shock, we worked together at the Big J and RIC (NI) and I can honestly say we clicked from day one. An absolute star, great Photog and great all round guy. My deepest condolences to his family, I will be thinking of you all and remembering the good times and laughs we had. RIP Mick. x

Niall Hartley

Such a tragic loss – Mick was a true gent and all round good egg, so sorry for Carole and family, and the wider Photog family too, words fail me.

Rob Harding

Bugger, lost for word, bugger. Thoughts are with the family, Mick was a true gent.

Gordon Agnew

Shocked and very saddened at this news. My sincere condolences to Carole and the family for their loss..

Tony Leather

OMG. Totally in shock. Thoughts are with his family. RIP Mick 😔

Dave Cartoon

RIP Mick.

Elizabeth Poole

Sincere condolences to Carol and all the family x

Adam Fletcher

Shocked at the sad news, my condolences to his family. Such a character, RIP Mick. x

Anthony Booth

Sorry to hear such sad news. Like most here completely shocked at the news. Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends.

Mal Cohen

Not a good week. For those who remember him from JARIC and RIC NI, David Malley’s funeral was yesterday.

Gary Kernaghan

Sad news indeed,

Andy Hayward

Sorry to hear such sad news

Patrick Brion

I’m shocked to read this. We shared a common passion. My sincere condolences to the family. 😣

Graham Mills

I am totally shocked, my very sincere condolences to all the family. He was a special man who always had a smile for everyone. RIP Mick

Nick Mcglynn

I am sorry to hear of Mick’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please let us know of the funeral arrangements as if at all possible I would like to attend.

Alan Huntley

That is very sad news. I served with Mick in Germany and UK and always thought he was a thoroughly decent chap. RIP.

Danny Ballam

I just can’t believe this. How can he have passed away so suddenly?

Dave Peel

Total shock. Our thoughts are with Carole D & M

Danny Ballam

I can’t take this news in. Really shocking. My thoughts are with the family. RIP.

Michael Udell

I only worked with Mick for a short while, always thought he was a genuine lovely man… So sorry to hear this tragic news

Bob Martin

Deepest condolences to Carole and family rip Mick.

Rick Brewell

How very, very sad, what a shock. RIP mate. My heart goes out to you Carole. x

Jason Taylor

Just devastated to hear this news. We were on Parish Council together and he was such a great guy. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!

Irene Burton

OMG what shocking news so sad to hear of the news Carol what a lovely man many memories of years ago take care my thoughts r with you love irenexx

Robin Patrick Ellwood

I was in the Photo Factory at Wyton 74-76 when Mick was there.
Sad news.

Danny Ballam

Met Mick ’75 at photo factory Wyton . I was at JSPI.
Then at JARIC . Great bloke. RIP.
Gerry Gerrard

Absolutely gutted, mick was a master of the ‘between us’ and ‘within these 4 walls’ where many a trade secret were disclosed as long as we had a brew on the go and a fresh pack of digestive phot currency to hand.

You will be sadly missed mick, hope you enjoy the great archive in the sky. …See more

Robin Patrick Ellwood

Per Ardua Ad Astra

Gary Kernaghan

Sincere condolences to you and the Family circle, Carole. We will all miss Mick and as you well know, he was a stalwart in The Wyton Heritage Centre where we will greatly feel his loss. RIP Mick.

Mick Winn

Another sad loss.

Steve Clark

Rip indeed. Mick worked for me in the Training Aids Section at the School in the mid- late 70s. My last posting before demob; his first out of training. He showed great potential even then. Condolences to his family.

Amanda Jayne Reynolds

Totally shocked and saddened at this. RIP Mick. Thoughts are with Carole and family 💔💔

Lucy Robertson

What sad news. Sending lots of love to his family. RIP Mick xx

Ian Adams Mbe

Carol you have my deepest sympathy I find it hard to understand why the good guys go so young. He will be missed by a lot of people. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Steve Fitton

I am stunned to hear this. It is a great loss to all that knew him. Me, I served with Mick at, as Tim calls it, The Big J. Mick was well known and liked by many of his contemporaries. Thoughts go out to Carole and the Families of both. My sincere condolences to you all.

Edwin Hedges

Shocked and saddened to hear this news. My thoughts and condolences go out to Mick’s family. It was always a pleasure to see and work with him. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Martin Gill

Shocked and saddened by this news only knew Mick for a short time and it was a pleasure thoughts to all his family and friends

Dean Chapman

Terrible news, really hoped I’d misread but clearly not the case. RIP Mick, one of life’s true gentlemen who had a heart of gold, my thoughts and best wishes go out to the Gladwin family xx

Tony Ansell

A fine man and excellent colleague at RAF Wyton Heritage Centre. I will always be grateful for his friendship and guidance. Heart felt condolences to Mick’s family, friends and all who feel his loss.

Sponge Beattie

It is said you never know how well you were thought of until you have passed. Well Mick I have read every single message and brother you were definitely loved , treasured and highly respected by all that knew you, worked with and for you. You will live long in our hearts and memories along with our other photog friends.

Karl Whitelaw

Well said Brother….is a sad loss and will truly be missed by us all

Robert Stewart

Carole, so sorry to hear the sad news. I have fond memories working and socialising with Mick during our time at PRU. Condolences to you and rest of the family.

Andrew Westbrook

Very sad news, so shocked ! My thoughts are with you Carole and your family

Ian Ashford

Well said Sponge.

Andy Thomas

Sad news indeed !
I am so sorry to hear of your loss Carol .
My thoughts and condolences to you and your family

Steve Blackwell

Very sorry and completely taken aback by this news. Rest in peace; you were definitely one of the good guys, Mick. Sincere condolences to your family 😥 x

James Tuddenham

Very saddened by this shocking news, sincere condolences to Micks’ family & friends…..RIP Mick

Mike Colley

Shocking news, so sorry to hear it, x

Martin Edser
Really sorry to hear your very sad news Laura , my sincerest condolences to you and your family.

Sarah Merry You can clearly see how much your dad was loved and respected. I hope these messages help you all, in a very small way, to get through this really tough time xxxxxxx

Sue Rodger
Very sorry for your loss, are thoughts are with you

Nigel Burton

Carole, Laura, Holly, my sincere condolences, from the day we joined up together he has been nothing but a good friend and a true gent. He’ll be sorely missed. RIP Mick

Dave Fergus

I never met Mick but I only ever heard good things about him and he obviously had made a lasting good impression with a lot of people. RIP

Marc Johnson

Totally gobsmacked, Mick was my boss and friend for many years. He was one of the nicest gents I have ever met and the world is a little darker with his passing. Both Jane and I wish to pass on our sincerest condolences to carol and the family at this difficult time. You’ll forever be in our thoughts Mick.

Steve Dyson

What sad news Mick was a gentleman RIP Mick

Angela Gale

So sorry to hear the sad news Laura send my heartful condolences to you and your family. Know others feel for your loss. Angela xx

Don Stewart

I am in shock and total disbelief at the news of Mick’s death. I had spent a bit of time with him lately and his passing is going to leave a huge void in my social calendar. The amount of messages left on the various sites a measure of the regard in which he was held…

Neil Thomas

Shocked to hear such really sad news, an absolute gentleman. Our hearts and love are with the family at this time .

Claire Cascarina

So shocked and sad to read this news. Thoughts are with you at this time x

Craig Fryer

Just seen this awful news. The monthly pub meets are not going to be the same without you. A true gentle man and an encyclopaedia of knowledge who’ll be missed by many. Condolences to his friends and family. RIP Mick

Stephen Richard McAdam

A truly wonderful person who will be very greatly missed. I am shocked and my heart goes out to Carole and all the family. It was a privilege to have known him.

Lynny Cash

Very saddened to hear this news, RIP Mick, my thoughts are with your family at this very difficult time xx

Michael Fox

What terrible, shocking news. How sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to Carole and his family and friends. RIP Mick. 😦

Philip Drewry

Such terribly sad news. A true gentleman. My condolences to Mick’s family.

Nick Collins

So sorry to hear this devastating news Carole. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Phil Pryce

So sorry for this loss to the world. Sadly, we all have a one way ticket but it hurts deeply when some are taken too soon. A gentleman has left our midst. Very sad.

Ritchie Facetious

Smith I’m absolutely mortified, I always remember when Mick announced that his daughter kept her rats in a large fish tank, and Craig (one of the camera fitters at the RIC(NI)), deadpan as you like, asked ‘have they not drowned?’
Thank you Mick for allowing a gobshite to shine!

Sue Collins

Thoughts are with Carole and family at this sad time. Rest in peace Mick.

Chris Twiner

So sad to hear this news. I enjoyed some great conversations with Mick. My condolences and also those of the RAF Photographers Association, of which Mick was a member.


Fleming So so sad… 😢😢😢

Neil Daws
Neil Daws Sorry to hear this, Laura. Our deepest condolences.

Ray Sturgess

I had the greatest pleasure to know Mick during my time in RIC, a true gent and friend. My thoughts and prayers to the family, he will be sadly missed. Terribly sad news.

James Tuddenham

Same here Chief, very nice fitting words, very saddened by this shocking news

Neil Thrush
Wow that’s a shock to read about and very unexpected. My thoughts are with the family. RIP Bladders 😧

Helen Gredington

Such sad news. I had the pleasure to meet Mick not long before he left the RAF, he was such a lovely man. 😢 thoughts are with you all x

Babbs Robinson

Such sad news. I got to really know Mick when I was at High Wycombe for a few months and he was the trade WO. Mick was such a lovely guy and all he ever talked about was Carol and his family. Very proud man. It was lovely to have known him. I’m sorry for your loss and hope you all manage to get through this tough time 💕 x

Ben Lowes

Really sorry to hear this sad news; Mick was a great bloke. My sincere condolences to Micks family and friends. RIP Mick

Dave Clough

Logged on this morning, and shocked, truly shocked. My very deepest respects to Carol and those lovely girls. You are all in my thoughts. x

Sarah Harris

So sorry to hear the sad news & my thoughts are with you all xx

Mandy Fleming

Such sad news, Mick was lovely a guy a true gentleman.My sincere Condolences to Carol and the girls ..RIP my friend x x

Mik Boon

thoughts are with you and the family Carole. first met Mick 40 yesrs ago in the tea bar at JSoP . thoroughly decent man. he will be missed.

Pete Robinson

Really sorry to hear the terrible news. Mick was a true nice guy. So sorry for your loss.

Shez Hall

So sorry to hear this sad news, Mick was such a lovely guy. Kindest regards to the family.xx

Matt Reid

Sad, sad news. I’m truly sorry for your loss. Still such a young man in the great scheme of things.

Nick Howe

Such sad news a great man who has had such a positive impact on my RAF career and I am sure many others my deepest condolences to all his family

Sarah Jones

RIP Sir! Condolences to all the family. Great man. ❤

Steve Thornber

Shocked and so sorry to hear such sad news. An integral part of the Service memories of many of us, and a great chronicler of RAF history. Mine and

Don Martin

Carole and family what a shock our thoughts are with you all

Chris Player

Just seen this and truly can not believe what I am reading. A fine friend and colleague both in service and as civvies. Totally unexpected and very shocking news. A true gent and a trade stalwart. My heartfelt condolences to Carole and the family…….
Stand easy Gladders…

What a wonderful tribute –

Deano Furnival
I went through Swinderby with Gladys

Steve Clark
Nice to see poor old Gladys honoured like that! He worked for me at JSOP in the training aids section when I was a lowly Cpl and he not yet the great man he became.

Soren Adamson
What a fantastic tribute to one of the absolute truest gentleman of the trade. I served under him overseas and at home and it was an honour and pleasure at all times. Sadly missed but well remembered.

Kevin Howes
Good to see the big mans name honoured like that

Craig Marston

Tim Chandler
Fantastic to see, always around in spirit.

Graham Taylor
What an amazing gesture to someone who did so much for others.

Dave Read
Very impressed

Mike Nye
Where are the new houses in Brampton are they on the old site? Great to see a great guy remembered, always remember him in Sh*tkickers Incirlik playing in the skiing game while singing along to both kinds of music 🤣 absolute legend to work for.

Delyth Woods
Mike Nye yes, on the old site. It was quite difficult to find. The crescent hasn’t been built completely yet.

Phil Goldsmith
What a great man total gentleman well deserved.

George Fenney
Concure with all the sentiments about Mick. A true gent who you couldn’t fail to like. So who’s this JARIC chap then?

Kevin Howes
George Fenney Behave!

Paul Edward Atkinson
A worthy tribute to the nicest man I worked with in the RAF, a gentleman in every respect.

Sharron Floyd
Perfect tribute to a true gent. ❤️

Dave Whiteman
Great to see such a true gentleman remembered.

4 thoughts on “Mick Gladwin – Another Who Made A Difference

  1. Mick’s preservation work will live on, as he and I were working on a long-term project to preserve some rare WWII aerial images. I will continue what we started together.


  2. Oh Mick! Carole, I am so sad to hear of Mick’s passing, in fact I am completely astounded. I corresponded with him for several years when he had airrecce,co,uk going and I provided some of my father’s collection of WWII recce photos his squadron and 2 other Canadian squadrons took between 1942 and 1945. Mick was the expert that I consulted in regards to the content of some of the photos I now have in my posession since my father’s passing. He was a true gentleman and I am at a loss for more words.
    Albeit late please accept my condolences to Mick’s family.
    Rest easy, Mick


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