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June 1, 2020

For those interested in knowing the original design and grave layout for the Ma'Asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery (formerly known as the Hinaidi RAF Peace Cemetery), here is a 1964 diagram that was produced by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Southern Region in 196...

May 17, 2020

Ben Lovegrave has kindly allowed me to use this photograph from the 55 (Bomber) Squadron archives. It was taken of Plot 3 at Ma'Asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery (formerly Hinaidi RAF Peace Cemetery) and shows how meticulously the cemetery was laid out and how well tended...

March 23, 2020

Here is a satellite image of Ma'Asker Al Raschid RAF Cemetery (formerly the Hinaidi RAF Peace Cemetery) located in the southern suburbs of Baghdad, overlaid with approximate distances from current landmarks (viz. highways and buidings).

February 19, 2020

And now for something completely different. After months of devastating bushfires up and down the East Coast of Australia, Nature changed course and decided to release half the annual rainfall in two short days over selected areas across that region. Up on the northern...

November 15, 2019

For those interested in the original (provisional) design and perimeter boundary of the Hinaidi Cantonment that was drawn up in 1932, I have added it to my website under the 'RAF Hinaidi' tab. I have also included a 2019 Google Maps aerial photograph which shows that m...

November 13, 2019

The Daily Telegraph (UK) recently published an article on the grave restoration works currently nearing completion at the Habbaniya War Cemetery, 60 miles west of Baghdad. In returning the two hundred and ninety headstones back to their former glory (173 WW2 burials an...

November 6, 2019

Having put names to the 301 Royal Air Force, British Army and civilian burials at Hinaidi RAF Cemetery, I have produced a summary of the deaths by RAF Unit, WW1 experience and honours bestowed. 

October 10, 2019

After a lot of double-checking and discussions with Peter Burlton of the Habbaniya RAF Association, the attached diagram with grave usage numbered chronologically, here is the most accurate map of the Hinaidi RAF Peace Cemetery based on all the information to hand. It...

September 18, 2019

Peter Burlton, Researcher for the RAF Habbaniya Association, has kindly provided me with the names of two hundred and ninety-seven men and two women who are officially known to have been buried at the Hinaidi RAF Peace Cemetery (also known as the Ma'Asker Al Raschid RA...

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...

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