RAF Burials at Hinaidi RAF Peace Cemetery
Hundreds of British and Commonwealth Air Force personnel died whilst serving in Mesopotamia (now Iraq), from the 30th July 1915 when two men from the Australian Flying Corps were killed by Arabs after their aircraft was forced to land near Nasiriya due to engine failure, to the closing down of the last base at RAF Habbaniya on the 31st May 1959 when the British forces were finally withdrawn from Iraq. Due to the policy of the British Government at that time, no bodies were repatriated but instead were buried at various cemeteries in Iraq, with 301 burials recorded at the Hinaidi RAF Peace Cemetery, re-named Ma'asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery when RAF Hinaidi was handed over to the Iraqi government and became an Iraqi air base. Details of the British burials at Hinaidi have yet to be published by the CWGC. With the assistance of Peter Burlton, head researcher at the RAF Habbaniya Association, I have been able to create a profile of the 301 burials, including the grave numbers and locations.
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