May 1941 - The Iraq Mission

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  1. Mike Murphy

    Mike Murphy New Member

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    Hello to all - this is my first post.

    I've been collecting photos of Luftwaffe, Iraqi, British and Italian aircraft that were involved in the May, 1941 uprising of Iraq against the British. The German and Italian aircraft photos are of particular interest because they carrried Iraqi markings rather than German or Italian.

    I would appreciate any additional photos of aircraft from this short, but interesting episode of the war.

    Iraqi Savoia Marchetti SM 79B
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    Iraqi Gladiators
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    Iraqi Northrup A8-4
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    Iraqi Hawker Nisr
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    Iraqi DH 60M Moth
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    Iraqi DH 84 Dragon
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    Iraqi DH 80 Puss Moth
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    Iraqi Hawker Audax
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    Iraqi Breda Ba 65
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    Luftwaffe Ju 52

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    Luftwaffe ZG 76 Bf 110s

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    ZG 76 pilot Martin Drewes and his radio operator.
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    RAF Gladiator pilot Sqt Bill Dunwoodie - shot down an ZG 76 Bf 110
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    ZG 76 Bf 110 captured by the British and restored. Named "Belle of Berlin".

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    Luftwaffe Ju 90B

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    Luftwaffe ZG 4 He 111

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    Italian SM 81 crash landed on Rhodes

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    Italian CR 42 ---- only known photo shows a portion of the fuselage.

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    RAF --- Habbaniya

    Vickers Valencia
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    Bristol Bombay
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    Bristol Blenheim IV
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    Bristol Blenheim IV being guarded by Arabian militia
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    Airspeed Oxford light bomber

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    RAF Gloster Gladiator

    Gloster Gladiator N2287 GO-E
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    RAF DC-2 Troop Transport from Eqypt at Habbaniya

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    Tomahawk of 240 Squadron.

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    Your help will be appreciated.

    Mike
     
  2. syscom3

    syscom3 Pacific Historian

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    Was this the Basra uprising in 1941?
     
  3. Gnomey

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    Good Afternoon Gents -

    AeroFan nr 96 includes an article on Italian Aircraft used during the Iraq Mission or 'squadriglia speciale Iraq' as it was called. I typically purchase AeroFan through Lela Presse which is located at: Avions Bateaux | Le Site des EDITIONS LELA PRESSE, Sp├ęcialistes de l'Histoire de l'Aviation et de la Marine. Excellent service, orders always complete and shipped quickly. Several of the following photos are from the AeroFan article or were sent to me from unknown sources by friends.

    A very rare photo of an Italian CR 42 in Iraqi markings. The CR 42s in Iraq were Regia Aeronautica with Italian pilots; but Iraqi markings as with the Luftwaffe aircraft that participated.
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    A skewed, close up photo of a CR 42 fuselage, showing the Iraqi insignia application.
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    SM 79Bs were purchased by the Iraqis prior to WWII. The Italians sold the aircraft, armament, bombs and additional engines to the Iraqis. Orders for the Breda 65 were also placed.

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    Interesting photo of a crash landed SM 81 on Rhodes. The Italians used SM 79s and SM81s as escorts to CR 42s flying to / from Iraq. The SMs provided radio and navigational aide during the flight.
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    I would certainly appreciate contributions from any Board member.


    Mike
     
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    Those bombers have to be among the ugliest planes of all time.
     
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    They are not that bad, the French bombers are an awful lot worse.
     
  7. Mike Murphy

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    The following Email is from Sandro Dinarte announcing publication of a new book on Sonderkommando Junck in 2008. As Sandro indicates, he is a personal friend of Major Martin Drewes and promises a number of new photos will be published from Major Drewes personal collection. 8)

    Mike

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    Hello Mike,

    I am a great friend of Major Martin Drewes (the last Sonderkommando Junck suvivor!).

    He have a fantastic photo collection with divers unplublished images of the Irak and Syrian Missions!!

    I am a publisher (Adler Editora) and aviation artist.
    The book "Sonderkommando Junck - 4./ZG 76 Haifisch Guppe - Mission in Iraq and Syria" - adler books launch in 2008.


    Thanks for contact,

    Sandro Dinarte
    Adler Editor

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    so're some of your pictures being used in the book or are you involved in the book in any way?...........
     
  9. Mike Murphy

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    The photos I've posted are from various publications; I don't own the original photos. I've provided scans and reference citations to the author of the new book. Surprising sometimes what gets missed during a literature review for a new book.
     
  10. CharlesBronson

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    Beautiful gallery Mike. :thumbup:


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  11. the lancaster kicks ass

    the lancaster kicks ass Active Member

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    what aircraft's that?
     
  12. DerAdlerIstGelandet

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    Are you talking about the one in Charles Bronsons post?

    If so that is a Junkers Ju-90.
     
  13. Mike Murphy

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    Charles -

    Glad you like these photos.......I can only imagine what we'll see when the new book on Sonderkommando Junck comes out with Major Drewes personal photos.....8)

    Mike
     
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    that's the one thanks, so everyone knows about the -290 what happened with the -190?
     
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    8-190 was the Fw190 by Focke-Wulf.

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    Lanc is not talking about the Fw-190 Fanfir_6.
     
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    i wished I could see those Iraqi's photos of airplanes. I like to see what varieties of paint scene I can do when I do my modeling.
     
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    Most of the Allied aircraft in Iraqi service were natural metal finish with national markings and tail flash.

    Use Google Images and enter the aircraft type you're looking for, like: Iraqi Hawker Nisr, for example...
     
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