6 Squadron RAF, My Books and Facts/Photos of Early Military Aviation
Welcome to my website, designed to promote:
My books - (Early Aviation, Factual Novels and ADHD Self Help)
My latest book, Over the Western Front, is an expansion of the diary my grandfather kept during the Great War. The second half of the book describes the operations of 6 Squadron Royal Air Force during WW1 when it fought on the Western Front and includes a complete list of Aircraft on charge during that time and every 6 Squadron casualty.
Photographs and Statistics on WW1 Military Aviation
This website contains photographs contemporary with WW1 and the inter-World-War years, in the main associated with 6 Squadron Royal Flying Corps (later Royal Air Force). Details include aerial photographs of the Battle of Messines.
Hinaidi RAF Peace Cemetery (now the Ma'Asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery)
The project I am currently working on is researching the 299 service personnel and civilians who were buried at the abandoned Ma'Asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery (formerly known as the Hinaidi RAF Peace Cemetery) and working with the British authorities (CWGC and MoD) as well as the British Embassy in Baghdad to secure the cemetery as a matter of urgency until such time as funds can be allocated for the complete restoration of the headstones. This research will be incorporated into the storyline of the book I am currently writing, Above the Sands of Iraq.
196 of the 299 graves are for Royal Air Force casualties from eight RAF squadrons (1, 6, 8, 30, 45, 55, 70 and 84) as well as a variety of other RAF Units. 48 were pilots who served with a combined total of more than forty Royal Air Force squadrons during their air force career, as half of them were seasoned and decorated WW1 pilots, including 4 'Aces'.
Click HERE to access the Hinaidi section of this website.
Apart from Royal Air Force graves, there were 71 graves for British Army personnel (representing more than 20 Regiments, the RA/RFA and several other British Army entities such as the Royal Signals and Army Services Corps) and 2 for Royal Navy men, a Chief Petty Officer from HMS Hastings and an Able Seaman from HMS Ormonde. Surprisingly, there are also 29 graves for British civilian RAF contractors (24 men and 5 women) who were employed in various capacities in Baghdad and one grave for an 8-month-old baby, Phoebe Marks. However, the most significant grave at Hinaidi is for Brigadier-General Sir Gilbert Clayton KCMG KBE CB, British High Commissioner for Iraq, who died in September 1929 from a heart attack after a game of Polo.
Researching the WW1 activities of Royal Air Force Personnel
If you need help researching anyone who served in the British Royal Flying Corps and the early years of the Royal Air Force, please contact me via the HELP page on this website.
Steve 'Buster' Johnson
New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
Updated 18th September 2020