Help is at Hand for the Hinaidi RAF Peace Cemetery

August 14, 2019

 

On the 2nd August, in an 'Official' letter written to the 6 Squadron Association from the office of the Defence Services Secretary, it was confirmed that the Ministry of Defence does own the site of the Ma' Masker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery - formerly known as the Hinaidi RAF Peace Cemetery - and that it [the site] is managed on the MoD's behalf under a commercial arrangement with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Though this is indeed good news, the Defence Services Secretary staff officer who wrote the letter stressed that due to ongoing instability in Iraq, the MoD will be unable to request the CWGC to visit, inspect and arrange maintenance of the cemetery until such time as the situation improves. Pictured is a an aerial photograph of Baghdad as it would have looked in the nineteen-twenties.

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