(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)
RAF Habbaniya - 276 SU in 1958
Written by Peter NortonMy memories include many happy days spent at Lake Habbaniya R&R Centre, sailing, swimming, and just hanging around awaiting demob ! I have vivid memories of meeting the young King Faisal, who was a frequent visitor, water skiing, sailing, etc. before his unfortunate demise from the coup by General Kasseem, and our quick, forcible exit from Iraq, after smashing all our equipment and hastily boarding a BOAC Charter Flight out of Baghdad Airport ! I remember Doug King, Paul Dove, Keith Walker, Pete Maslen, Albert Gough,Jock Chambers, Jim Dixon, and many others whose names elude me - like Cpl Pete ? (Geordie from Whitley Bay !) John Pegram (Linguist?)Somebody Perry ? who taught me to play Cribbage ! If any of you are still alive - Please get in touch.
No2 Arm;d Car Sqd, RAF Regiment. RAF Habbaniya Iraq in 1949
Written by edward [ted] bishopWhen i arrived at Habbaniya,we were lined up and this Flt Sgn asked, could anyone drive? i said i had driven a tractor on a farm,he said come with me,we went off the station to a tarmac area, he got out and said drive(a 15cwt)has it happened the gears where the same as a furgasun(spelling not right?)tractor so of i went, 20mins later he said you are a driver, i said i was a radio man, he said plenty of them,short of drivers, he would not listen,so i became a driver, and never looked back,there is a "funny"side to this no room here.
RAF Habbaniya, 115 mu in 1955
Written by john cliffordgreat memories of this fabulous posting meeting the young King Fiasal at Lake Habbaniya on many occasions, visiting Babylon's ruins,i'm sure they will be now,doing the monthly bank run to Baghdad.also had good time with pals visiting The Sumer Hotel Rashid St Baghdad,we were not allowed into Old Baghdad.Sad to say our leisure time was much taken up by the increasing guards and other related duties owing to the depletion of staff,but would never change this great and lasting experience for any thing.My billet friends where are you now.Dave Turner 2754152,Brian Lingard,Steve Wharton,Nipper Maddison.Alan Bumfrey [swede],Eddie Parker.Taff Williams,Cavy Robb,and many whose names elude me a great bunch of guys,hope you are all still out there,best wishes John Clifford.
RAF Habbaniya in 1958
Written by Patricia McKillop nee WardI was a 17 year old girl when we were in Habb. I remember a lot of good times, but am a bit hazy on names. We had some wonderful times, I sang in the church choir, I participated in entertainment i.e live shows, musical and plays, I helped out at the radio station and learned to horse ride at the Riding school. generally after the Iraqis took over the camp it was , to a young girl, like one big party. Does anyone else out there remember these times?
RAF Habbaniya, in 1955
Written by Pete "Smudge" SmithIn May 1955 I went as Guard Commander on a convoy from Habbaniya to Mafraq/Amman in Jordan. I recently saw a photo in the "Habbite" magazine which brought back memories. I have tried unsuccssfully to get copies of photo but cannot locate owner. I copied photo but it’s not too good but perhaps it will jog someone’s memory. The convoy was carrying a Caterpillar bulldozer etc. to Mafraq and during a rest at RAF Amman several of us took off to Jerusalem etc with a guide. Quite an experience