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    Default Iraq Hinaidi 1929

    Is it possible to find out where the landing grounds in Iraq were in 1930? I have my grandfather in 70 Squadron based in Hinaidi and starting to fly Vickers Victorias. I see a flight in early February from Hinaidi to LG 4 which took 2hour 50 mins. Any suggestions for finding where LG4 was? Thank you.
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    Default Re: Iraq Hinaidi 1929

    Hello Teardrop, and Welcome.

    You will find a map (and an explanation of the layout), of the locations of the various Landing Grounds in Iraq etc, in the following publication:

    The Flying Camels The History of No 45 Sqn. RAF.
    C G 'Jeff' Jefford W/C. MBE, BA, RAF Retd.
    High Wycombe:Author,1995.
    pp.67-8.

    LG IV* is approximately 160 miles west of Hinaidi, on the desert sector of the Air Mail Route from Ramadi to Azrak.

    Don't leave home without your compass. I'm hopeless with maps.

    No scanner, perhaps another Forum member can help out?

    NB. Flat Out No 30 Squadron, Royal Air Force/Hamlin/Air-Britain,2002/page 78, states, LG4* was about 200 miles from Ramadi!

    NBB. Note the variation in the terminology.

    Here is a starter:

    https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/documen...-Transport.pdf - see p.22 of 147 (map).

    Col.
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    Col

    Thank you very much for coming back to me. I will see if I can find these books. I had some vague idea of marking the sites on a map so I could see how far and wide my grandfather flew but I think I am probably a way away from doing that. I can find most places in Iraq/Egypt/Jordon/Palestine but sometimes the spellings have changed since early 1930s. Perhaps I will follow on that idea at a later date but at the moment I am always being too distracted by tracking down the names of people he flew with. Or even just their luggage, one of his remarks being "Damascus to Hinaidi - conveying Sir Francis Humphrys' luggage". This was in a Vickers Victoria so maybe there was a lot of luggage.

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    Col

    Though maybe I will investigate the L.G. site positions a little longer. I've arrived in the logbook at 5 June 1931. The day starts at 05:35 Hinaidi to Ramadi, 07:10 Ramadi to LGI, 08:20 LGI to LGIV, 10:50 LGIV to LGV, 12:35 LGV to LG8, 16:10 LG8 to LGXI, 17:45 LGXI to Rutbah. Sleep. 6 June 1931 04:50 Rutbah to LGVII, 07:35 LGVII to LGVI, 08:30 LGVI to LGIII, 10:40 LGIII to Ramadi, 12:15 Ramadi to Hinaidi.


    Vickers Victoria J8917 had a couple of busy days with Sgt Collins and Sgt Cook (my grandfather)

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    Sir Francis Humpty's is mentioned in Vic Flintham's "Truculent Tribes , Turbulent Skies".
    Regarding the Evacuation of Kabul, 70 Sqn were involved in that event. Your relative may well have been involved in this event.

    The book is quite a history of the RAF in the middle east 1919-1939 and contains many photographs of the regions and aircraft as well as servicemen.
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