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Iraq Rebellion 1941 (Rashid Ali Coup)

                                          VICTORIES
NAME                           DESTROYED  PROBABLE  DAMAGED    OTHER        UNIT                      COMMENTS

Craigie, J. M.                     1          -        -                    Habbaniya Fighter Flight
Dunwoodie, William Henry           1          -        -                    Habbaniya Fighter Flight
Herrtage, Gerald Douglas Francis   1          -        -                    Habbaniya Fighter Flight
Smith, Leslie Ernest               1          -        -                    Habbaniya Fighter Flight
Wightman, William Taylor Forest    1          -        -                    Habbaniya Fighter Flight
Cleaver, Richard Bath              -          1        1                    Habbaniya Fighter Flight
Watson, J.                         -          1        -                    Habbaniya Fighter Flight
May                                -          -        1                    Habbaniya Fighter Flight
unknown                            -          -        1                    Habbaniya Fighter Flight
unknown                            -          -        -         1          Habbaniya Fighter Flight
unknown                            -          -        -         1          Habbaniya Fighter Flight
unknown                            -          -        -         1          Habbaniya Fighter Flight

Air-to-Air Victories

Date Unit Aircraft Pilot Victim Result Country
02.05.1941 Habbaniya Fighter Flight Gladiator I Cleaver, R.B. SM.79B damaged Italy
02.05.1941 Habbaniya Fighter Flight   Craigie, J.M. Breda Ba65 destroyed Italy
03.05.1941 Habbaniya Fighter Flight Gladiator I Cleaver, R.B. SM.79B(a) destroyed Italy
03.05.1941 Habbaniya Fighter Flight   May Northrop 8A damaged  
06.05.1941 Habbaniya Fighter Flight   unknown Northrop 8A damaged  
07.05.1941 Habbaniya Fighter Flight Gladiator I Watson, J. Gladiator probable Iraq
16.05.1941 Habbaniya Fighter Flight Gladiator I, L7616 Herrtage, G.D.F. He 111H(b) destroyed Germany
17.05.1941 Habbaniya Fighter Flight Gladiator I, N5857 Dunwoodie, W.H. Bf 110C(c) destroyed Germany
17.05.1941 Habbaniya Fighter Flight Gladiator I, K7899 Smith, L.E. Bf 110C(d) destroyed Germany
29.05.1941 Habbaniya Fighter Flight Gladiator I, N5777 Wightman, W.T.F. CR.42(e) destroyed Italy
06.05.1941 Habbaniya Fighter Flight   unknown e/a destroyed on ground  
06.05.1941 Habbaniya Fighter Flight   unknown e/a destroyed on ground  
06.05.1941 Habbaniya Fighter Flight   unknown e/a destroyed on ground  
(a) First claimed as a probable but later upgraded to a confirmed.
(b) He111H of 4/KG4 flown by Oberleutnant Graubner shot down. The aircraft made a forced landing and the crew survived.
(c) Claimed in combat Bf110Cs from ZG76 or ZG26. It is possible that Leutnant Woerner, leader of the ZG26 Kette, was killed in this action since he was killed in action in Iraq, together with his gunner, Unteroffizier Fischer.
(d) Claimed in combat Bf110Cs from ZG76 or ZG26. It is possible that Leutnant Woerner, leader of the ZG26 Kette, was killed in this action since he was killed in action in Iraq, together with his gunner, Unteroffizier Fischer.
(e) CR.42 from 155a Squadriglia shot down. The pilot, Sottotenente Valentini parachuted and was taken POW.

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Sources & Literature
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  2. Dudgeon, Tony: The War That Never Was, Airlife Publishing Ltd, 1991.
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  7. Shores, Christopher: Those Other Eagles: A Tribute To The British, Commonwealth And Free European Fighter Pilots Who Claimed Between Two And Four Victories In Aerial Combat, 1939 - 1982 (A Companion Volume to Aces High), Grub Street, London, October 3, 2004.
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  10. Aeroplane Monthly, September, October and November 1981.
  11. The Battle for Habbaniya - The forgotten war, http://www.raf.mod.uk/history_old/opsrep.html.
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  16. The Iraq Coup Attempt of 1941, the Mufti, and the Farhud, http://www.mideastweb.org/iraqaxiscoup.htm.

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