Aircraft and Equipment Utilized by RAF Iraq Command

Aircraft have played a crucial role in the operations of the Royal Air Force (RAF) Iraq Command, providing support and strategic capabilities during crucial moments. The RAF Iraq Command has utilized a variety of aircraft and equipment to effectively carry out their missions in the region. Understanding the different types of aircraft and equipment used…

RAF Iraq Command's Involvement in the Arab Insurrection of 1920

Most notable for its strategic role in the Middle East during the early 20th century, the Royal Air Force (RAF) played a pivotal part in quelling the Arab Insurrection of 1920 in Iraq. This historical event marked a significant chapter in the RAF’s operations in the region, showcasing their capabilities in supporting ground forces and…

RAF Iraq Command's Role in the British Mandate of Mesopotamia

Mandated by the League of Nations after World War I, the British Mandate of Mesopotamia played a crucial role in shaping the region’s future. One significant aspect was the involvement of the RAF Iraq Command in maintaining control and implementing policies in the territory. The RAF played a vital role in supporting the British army…

The Effectiveness of Air Control Strategies Employed by RAF Iraq Command

It’s necessary to assess the effectiveness of the air control strategies implemented by the Royal Air Force (RAF) Iraq Command in order to evaluate their impact on operational success. The RAF played a significant role in air control operations during their time in Iraq, and examining the strategies employed provides insight into their effectiveness in…

The Challenges of Maintaining RAF Presence in Iraq After Independence

Just as Iraq gained independence, the Royal Air Force (RAF) faced a new set of obstacles in maintaining its presence in the region. The British military had played a significant role in Iraq during the tumultuous times leading up to independence, but now had to navigate a complex landscape of political, social, and strategic challenges….

Memories of 55 Squadron by James Hugh Gascoyne
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Memories of 55 Squadron by James Hugh Gascoyne

These memories of 55 Squadron by James Hugh Gascoyne were kindly supplied by his son, Philip Gascoyne. In 1935 I was accepted for trade training at RAF Cranwell (the officer training unit) in ‘Supply and Accounting.’  In 1936, my first RAF duty overseas was supposed to be for three years in Iraq then back home…