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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...

August 2, 2019

Here is a recent satellite photo of the Hinaidi RAF Cemetery, taken earlier this year (2019). I have superimposed a box that shows the approximate perimeter of the cemetery as well as yellow circles around five Iraqi trucks that, at the time the photograph was taken, w...

July 22, 2019

I have just added a five-page breakdown of the 183 RAF men so far identified as being buried at Hinaidi RAF Cemetery in Baghdad, Iraq. Information provided is the date of death, Full name, Rank at time of death, RAF Unit, Military and Civil honours, cause of death and...

July 4, 2019

The 'Flyboys' exhibition opened in the Visitor Centre at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery on the 1st July and will be open daily until the 15th November. The exhibition tells the story of the Royal Air Force airmen who died during WW1 and were buried at Lijssenthoek...

April 5, 2019

Here is a copy of the review of my latest book, as it appears in the C&CI journal for Spring 2019 50.079:

OVER THE WESTERN FRONT - 6 Squadron Royal Flying Corps by Steve 'Buster’ Johnson. FeedaRead.com Publishing. 276pp, 215x280mm, Softback, Illustrated. ISBN 978-1-9358...

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