Illustrious Air Force Station Habbaniya, all the more usually known as RAF Habbaniya, (initially RAF Dhibban) was a Royal Air Force station at Habbaniyah, around 55 miles (89 km) west of Baghdad in advanced Iraq, on the banks of the Euphrates close Lake Habbaniyah. RAF Habbaniya was implicit the mid-1930s and was a gem in the desert with tree lined streets, yards and blossom gardens. It was an area populated by a wide range of races and with numerous tribal groups and Sheikhdoms. The span of the nation, poor correspondences required an extensive British armed force and the atmosphere and sickness incurred significant damage. The uprisings of 1920 appeared there must be a superior way and Lord Trenchard, father of the Royal Air Force suggested that the RAF could control the nation at a small amount of the cost of the Army. His proposal was in the end acknowledged and in 1922 AVM Salmond assumed control with 8 Squadrons of airplane. They were construct at Hinaidi cantonment in light of the edges of Baghdad and with different landing strips, chiefly at Mosul and the notoriously unfriendly Shaiba. In 1931 Iraq got to be independant, albeit intensely impacted and controlled by the British. It was no more worthy to have a RAF station in Baghdad and the settlement took into consideration a noteworthy base west of the Euphrates. In this manner was Habbaniya conceived. Development started in 1934 and the fundamental contractual workers were Messrs Humphries of Knightsbridge and as a result of this the specialists town got to be known as Humphreya. It was still known by that name in 1959 and was managed by the Civil Cantonment.
The Association has been framed for the motivations behind
Recording the historical backdrop of this one of a kind RAF Station, both authority and of the encounters of the individuals who served and lived there.
Showing the history in such structures as could be allowed at different times, ideally finishing in a distributed record. Keeping up a chronicle. Uniting each one of the individuals who served at, lived on or encountered the station with the end goal of cooperation and memory (administration buddies is a well-suited depiction).
Safeguarding the record of the 289 British and Commonwealth work force, regular citizens (counting spouses and youngsters) who still lie covered in the RAF Cemetery there and attempting to reach their relatives.
Guaranteeing (as and when the political circumstance permits) that the burial ground is reestablished and kept up to the standard of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (counting the dedication to the 107 Royal Air Force Iraq Levies)Read More»