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    Default Postwar RAF types 114 Sqn Cyprus/Habbaniya

    Hi guys

    In July 1958, a few aircraft mechanics were posted from 114 Squadron at Cyprus to Habbaniya to assist the RIrAF. Perhaps two or three were subsequently arrested by Iraqi troops following the assassination of King Feisel III, having witnessed his beheading and photographing the incident. One of these was LAC David Bickel, who was finally released on 20 September, very poorly.

    Can anyone throw light on this diplomatic incident?

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    Hi Brian

    Am a bit confused because King Feisel II (not III), who was assassinated on 14 July 1958, was killed by firing squad in a private courtyard, along with his entourage. The only witnesses would have been the coup supporters. There was no King Feisel III.

    Forgot to say that his name is usually spelt Faisal.

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    Hi Amrit

    My mistake on both counts - obviously Faisal II.

    Apparently following his execution, his head was placed on a spike. This macabre spectacle is was the RAF guys photographed, according to my information.

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