6 Squadron, RAF Hinaidi and Ma'Asker Cemetery
Ma'Asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery - Burial Statistics / Honours
Shown below is a breakdown of the 300 burials at the Ma'Asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery (Hinaidi RAF Peace Cemetery), comprising 197 for Royal Air Force personnel, 72 for British Army personnel, 2 for Royal Navy men, 29 civilian RAF contractors who died whilst working in Baghdad and an 8-month-old baby girl. The searchable database also provides the number of deaths by RAF Unit, war-time service summary and honours bestowed on the men who were buried at the Hinaidi RAF Peace Cemetery. Living conditions were extreme in Baghdad during the nineteen-twenties, evidenced by the fact that 19 men died of heatstroke and at least 7 men committed suicide.
To mention but a few of the statistics contained in the table below, 46 Royal Air Force pilots were buried at Hinaidi, 20 of whom had served with the Royal Flying Corps / Royal Air Force during WW1 and 19 who had already seen service with the British Army or Royal Navy prior to transferring into the air force. Of the 46 pilots, 4 had already been officially recognised as WW1 fighter 'Aces', 3 as aviation pioneers and between them had received 43 decorations during or immediately after WW1.
The Squadrons most represented in the number of burials at Ma' Asker Al Raschid were 55 Squadron with 25 graves, 30 Squadron with 18 graves and 6 Squadron with 16 graves.